NTSB Identification: ERA15CA327
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Riviera Beach, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8952B
Injuries: 2 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.
After descending to 400 feet above mean sea level along a beach on the return leg of a cross country flight, the pilot attempted to increase power to level off but, the engine would not respond. The pilot then checked to make sure the fuel valve was on "BOTH," and the primer was in and locked. He then attempted to restart the engine. The engine however, would not restart. The pilot determined that the beach was the best and safest place to land, so he extended the wing flaps to the full down position, and landed on the beach. During the landing, the nose landing gear dug into the sand, and collapsed. Examination of the airplane revealed that it was substantially damaged and approximately 12 gallons of fuel was still on board. Further examination revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical failure or malfunctions of the engine that would have precluded normal operation. After the wreckage was recovered the engine was started and run at full power. Review of a carburetor icing chart revealed that atmospheric conditions around the time of the accident were conducive to icing at glide and cruise power. When asked if he had used carburetor heat during his descent prior to the loss of engine power, the pilot advised that he had not used it.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19
Riviera Beach Police have identified the pilot and passenger of a Cessna 172 that made a hard landing on Singer Island Saturday evening as Jamie Barker and Gina Mason.
The emergency landing occurred on the beach near 5200 North Ocean Drive in Riviera Beach. Barker told police the plane's engine stalled as he was traveling south from Jupiter to Lantana.
Witness Staci DeLorco, was on the balcony of her condo, when she saw something in the sky.
" I thought at first it was a kids toy cause it's so small," said DeLorco. "And then it dropped out of site and I saw the upside down half of it."
Another witness, Gina Hartel, watched the plane slowly nose dive. "We saw this very low plane really close and we knew immediately something was wrong."
The pilot was able to land the plane on the beach, avoiding several beachgoers including children. Amazingly, no injuries were reported and the pilot and passenger walked away from the incident. The FAA is now conducting an investigation.
The Riviera Beach police department says the plane will be removed from the beach on Monday.