Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N5185D: Accident occurred December 03, 2015 at Boca Raton Airport (KBCT), Palm Beach County, Florida

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA073 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 03, 2015 in Boca Raton, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N5185D
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.

The pilot reported that while performing a touch-and-go landing, he touched down with a "slight bounce." He reported that he applied power, but the rudder and aileron would not keep the airplane from "going left." The airplane departed the runway to the left, impacted a taxi sign, the left main landing gear and the nose landing gear collapsed, and came to a stop on a ramp. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. 

The pilot reported there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing touchdown resulting in a runway excursion, a collision with an object, and an impact with terrain.

BOCA RATON, Fla. - A single-engine plane was damaged when it slipped off the runway at the Boca Raton airport.

It happened Thursday, December 3, 2015 while the pilot was practicing landings.

Airport officials say no one was hurt.

The runway closed briefly - but is back to business as usual.

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