Pilot Proceeded Eastbound On Course Toward Avl And Climbed To 9,000 Ft MSL
Location: Cleveland, TN Accident Number: CEN22FA406
Date & Time: September 5, 2022, 17:11 Local Registration: N58807
Aircraft: Cessna 182P Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal
On September 5, 2022, at 1711 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182P airplane, N58807, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Cleveland, Tennessee. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the flight departed Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY), Arlington, Texas, at 1012 central daylight time (cdt) and arrived at Fletcher Field Airport (CKM), Clarksdale, Mississippi, at 1300 cdt. The accident flight departed CKM at 1348 cdt with an intended destination of Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Asheville, North Carolina. The pilot proceeded eastbound on course toward AVL and climbed to 9,000 ft mean sea level (msl).
At 1706, the airplane entered a left turn as the flight approached an area of weather. The pilot completed two full 360-degree turns momentarily returning to a northeasterly course. About 1711:10, the airplane entered a right turn from an approximate altitude of 9,075 ft msl. The final data point was recorded at 1711:32 with a corresponding altitude of 7,200 ft msl. The initial tree impact was located about 0.56 miles northwest of the final data point.
Elevation of the accident site was approximately 830 ft, and estimated tree heights were 80 ft above ground level (agl). The debris path was about 480 ft long and oriented on a northnortheast (020°) bearing. The airframe was fragmented. The engine and propeller assemblies were separated and located within the debris path. Both exhibited damage consistent with impact forces.