NTSB Finds Engine Producing Plenty Of Power At Time Of
There were no apparent engine
problems and no contributing medical issues in the crash of a Civil
Air Patrol Cessna 182R earlier this year. Two people died in the
accident when the aircraft went down on approach to Monroe Regional
Airport in Louisiana.
It happened around 2010 on January 11th, according to the NTSB
report. The two men on board, Arlen Rawls and Tommy Ray Nichols,
were both experienced pilots. They were conducting VFR and IFR
touch-and-go's and stop-and-go's when a low cloud bank rolled
The NTSB report states:
According to individuals at the airport, the two occupants
executed a number of practice instrument approaches in visual
meteorological conditions, and then landed, took a short break, and
took off again. After the takeoff, while still operating in visual
conditions, the pilot completed one successful instrument approach
to a stop-and-go landing.
After that approach, the airport switched to Instrument Flight
Rules (IFR) because of the formation of a 900 foot ceiling. The
aircraft was then cleared for another instrument approach, but the
pilot had to execute a missed approach due to a failure to maintain
a correct approach track.
The aircraft was cleared for another instrument approach, but
the pilot again had to execute a missed approach. During that
missed approach, the controller gave the pilot a radar vector in
order to reposition the aircraft to a location where the pilot
could initiate an intercept of the localizer, and during a turn in
the direction of the assigned heading both radar and radio contact
The C-182 was found in about a foot
of water, ten miles north of the airport.
"We tore into the engine and didn't find anything at all wrong,"
NTB Investigator Kurt Anderson told the Monroe News-Star. "The
plane was producing significant power when it hit the swamp. I took
the vacuum pump (that controls some key instrument panel
indicators) off of the engine, and there was no indication of any
As for the two pilots, Anderson said, toxicology tests came back
clean and there was no evidence that either had suffered a sudden
medical crisis like a heart attack or stroke.