Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N2143X, Easy Flyer Aviation Inc: Accident occurred February 15, 2014 at Mansfield Municipal Airport (1B9), Massachusetts

NTSB Identification: ERA14CA124
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 15, 2014 in Mansfield, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/01/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N2143X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the student pilot, during the solo flight while on final approach, he thought the airplane was on glidepath, but realized after the accident that the airplane was "low." Subsequently, the right main landing gear struck a snowbank at the end of the runway, which resulted in the right main landing gear being bent aft. The student pilot proceeded to land the airplane; however, upon landing it veered off the right side of the runway into another snowbank. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the firewall. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain an adequate approach glide path, which resulted in a collision with a snow bank.

Mansfield firefighters and police gather near the plane that made a "hard landing" Saturday morning. 

MANSFIELD — One person escaped injury when a plane made what was described as a “hard landing” at Mansfield Municipal Airport Saturday morning.

The incident, reported about 9:40 a.m., involved a student pilot practicing landings, authorities said.

“It wasn’t really a crash. It was a hard landing,” Fire Lt. William Burgess said.

The plane “came in too low approximately 180 yards from the preferred landing area on the runway,” police said.

“The planes wheels hit a snow bank at the west end of the landing strip, damaging the right side landing gear. When the pilot put weight on the right side gear, the gear snapped, causing the plane to lean on its right wing tip and went into a controlled skid off the right side of the runway approximately 200 yards down the runway.

“The pilot walked away from the incident without injuries,” police said..

Damage to the 2003 Cessna C-172S was estimated at $45,000.

Federal Aviation Administration representatives were at the scene investigating the crash.
The small airport, located off Fruit Street not far from Interstate 495, has been the site of a few plane accidents the past several years.

In October 2012, a plane crashed into a group of trees about 25 feet off the ground. The pilot and a student pilot got out of the wreckage before rescue crews arrived. The two were reportedly practicing take-offs and landings when the accident occurred.

And in December 2011, a North Attleboro man escaped with minor injuries when a plane he built himself veered off the runway and flipped over.

The airport has been the scene of a pair of other crashes the past several years.

Another student pilot’s plane cruised off the runway and flipped over, but they were not injured in April 2008.

The worst accident took place in September 2007 when two people were killed and two others injured after a plane’s engine stalled after takeoff.

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