Monday, August 27, 2012

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre, C-FNET: Accident occurred August 24, 2012 in Moorefield, Canada

NTSB Identification: CEN12WA575 
 14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, August 24, 2012 in Moorefield, Canada
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: C-FNET
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

On August 24, 2012, about 2030 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172S, Canadian registration C-FNET, was substantially damaged on impact with terrain near Moorefield, Ontario, Canada. The pilot and three passengers sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions existed in the vicinity of the accident site. The local personal flight originated from the Kitchener/Waterloo Airport.

The investigation of this accident is under the jurisdiction and control of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Government of Canada. Further information pertaining to this incident can be obtained from:

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Adam Cooper of Cambridge submitted this photo of the Cessna 172 plane that crashed Friday night. Cooper flew the same airplane in 2009 when he took ground school and flying lessons at the Wellington-Waterloo Flight Centre. Tail numbers match those seen in the crash photos.

The broken remains of a Cessna 172, four-seater plane lie in a cornfield as OPP investigate the fatal plane crash which happened Friday evening. All four occupants were killed in the crash. 

 LISTOWEL — The airplane crash that killed four people near Listowel is among the worst air disasters Ontario has seen since 2004.

 It’s among the worst crashes involving a Cessna 172, a single-engine four-seater that may be the most popular light aircraft in the world. And it’s far worse than any recent accidents involving the Breslau-based flight school that rented the airplane to the pilot.

Since 1995, the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre has seen just one injury in seven accidents involving its aircraft, according to civil aviation records. The flight school, also known as the Waterloo-Wellington Flying Club, owns 27 airplanes including 14 Cessna 172 models according to the Canadian civil aircraft register.

The U.S.-built airplane that crashed Friday is 12 years old, built in 2000 according to civil aviation records. The local flying club has owned it since 2002. It had two previous owners.

The crash raises Ontario’s 2012 aviation toll to 14 killed in seven crashes according to aviation records. This includes five crashes involving airplanes, one involving a glider and one involving an ultra-light craft.

On average 15 people die per year in aviation mishaps in Ontario. Last year nine died, including a helicopter pilot killed seconds after takeoff at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The local airport also saw a pilot killed in 2009 when a homemade airplane crashed east of a runway.

Ontario’s most recent air tragedies of comparable scale include:

— Last January a Piper airplane took off from Winnipeg and crashed onto frozen North Spirit Lake in northwest Ontario, killing four.

— In 2009 a Piper airplane on its way from Kingston to Sudbury crashed in eastern Ontario, killing four.

— In 2004 a Beaver float plane crashed and killed four while on its way to Fawcett Lake, after taking off near Sioux Lookout in northwest Ontario.

— In 2004 a Cessna 208 on its way to Windsor crashed and killed 10 after taking off from Pelee Island.  

The Cessna Aircraft Company in the U.S. has been making versions of its 172 model since 1955 according to its corporate website. By 2007 more than 40,000 had been built, making it among the most successful light aircraft ever produced. Records show almost 2,400 registered in Canada.

Friday’s crash is the fifth time in two decades that four people have been killed in a Cessna 172 in Canada.

Ontario’s last fatal crash of a Cessna 172 happened in June, 2010 when a pilot who had been towing a banner above the Toronto skyline was killed trying to land at Toronto’s Buttonville Airport.

In 2010 in Quebec, a pilot and three passengers were killed in a Cessna 172 operated by a flight school. The airplane crashed and caught fire near a runway while trying to land.

Since 1993 in Canada, 88 people have been killed in 50 fatal crashes of a Cessna 172, excluding Friday’s crash. This includes 18 killed in 13 fatal Ontario crashes.

Records show the Cessna that crashed, marked C-FNET, was named in six minor aviation incidents since 2006, none classified as accidents. Examples include regulatory issues around filing flight plans or securing clearance from control towers.

The worst recorded mishap involving the Waterloo-Wellington flight school since 1995 happened in 2007. A student pilot in a Cessna 152 suffered a minor leg injury after bouncing on the runway, blowing a tire and veering onto the grass while practising takeoffs at the Breslau airport.

Civil aviation records detail other accidents involving aircraft owned by the school:

— In 2010 a Cessna 172 (not the one that crashed) clipped a fence at the Kingston airport. This spun it around and its propeller hit the fence. The aircraft was damaged but two people on the plane were not hurt.

— In 2009 while on the ground a homemade aircraft ran into a club-owned Cessna 172 (not the one that crashed) near a runway at the local airport. Both aircraft were damaged. Nobody was hurt.

— In 2004 a student piloting a Piper aircraft mistakenly lifted the landing gear when touching down on a runway at the local airport. Both propellers hit the pavement but the plane stayed in the air and the instructor managed to land it. The propellers were damaged. Nobody was hurt.

— In 2001 the pilot of a Piper Seminole failed to put the landing gear down. The airplane ground to a halt on the runway, its propellers bent and fuselage scraped. The pilot was not hurt.

— In 1999 the pilot of a Cessna 172 (not the one that crashed) veered off a runway and through the infield at the local airport, shedding a piece of the landing gear. Nobody was hurt.

— In 1995 a Cessna 172 (not the one that crashed) reported being in distress after hitting something, possibly a bird, on its way from Burlington to Owen Sound. Nobody was hurt. 

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