Saturday, January 02, 2016

Cessna 172S, N947SP, Central Iowa Aviation LLC : Accident occurred January 02, 2016 at Newton Municipal Airport (KTNU), Jasper County, Iowa

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA093
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 02, 2016 in Newton, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N947SP
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 pilot, his intent was to perform a touch and go landing on a runway with patches of snow extending from the approach end to the departure end. The pilot reported that the touchdown and landing roll were uneventful. He reported that as he aborted the landing and configured the airplane for takeoff, he retracted the flaps, advanced the throttle and applied right rudder. He recalled that when he advanced the throttle, the airplane immediately made a sharp left turn, exited the runway to the left, and impacted the residual snow that was previously cleared from the runway. The airplane nosed over and the pilot exited the runway under his own power. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies prior to or during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control during the takeoff, resulting in a runway excursion, and airplane nose over.


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Des Moines FSDO-61

NEWTON — Newton Emergency Services responded to a 911 call after reports of an airplane that flipped over at Newton Municipal Airport Saturday morning. 

No injuries were reported.

The pilot, Michael Bates of Nevada, was the only occupant on board of the Cessna 172. 

The 911 call came at approximately 9:51 a.m. Saturday morning from an onlooker. 

According to a news release by the Newton Police Department, the plane landed normally, but Bates lost control of the plane and veered off the left side of the runway. 

The crash occurred after the pilot hit a snow embankment, causing the plane to flip.

The door of the singe-engine, propeller-driven aircraft appeared to be jammed following the crash, initially preventing the pilot from getting out. However, Bates had already exited the small plane before emergency vehicles arrived.


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