Monday, March 28, 2016

Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N1151M, Raw Racing Inc: Accident occurred March 26, 2016 on McNeil Island, Washington

Raw Racing Inc:

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA090
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 26, 2016 in McNeil Island, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172L, registration: N1151M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 26, 2016, about 1315 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172L, N1151M, nosed-over during a forced landing in a field on McNeil Island, Washington, following a total loss of engine power. The airplane was registered to Raw Racing, Inc., and operated by the student pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The student pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The solo cross-country instructional flight departed Bowerman Airport, Hoquiam, Washington, about 1250, with a planned destination of Tacoma Narrows Airport, Tacoma, Washington. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan had been filed.

The pilot was on the second-to-last leg of his cross-country flight, having departed from his home base of Pierce County Airport - Thun Field, Puyallup, at 1030. The route of flight took him north towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca, then west for a landing at Sekiu Airport. After departing he followed the coast south around the Olympic Peninsula, and landed at Bowerman. He then followed waypoints inland, and as he approached McNeil Island the engine begin to sputter, and operate intermittently at reduced power. He confirmed the throttle control was full forward, and declared an emergency with Tacoma Airport Tower. For the next 5 minutes the engine continued to operate intermittently as the airplane gradually descended. Once over the island, the engine lost all power and the propeller stopped spinning. The pilot prepared to land in a field, and during the landing roll the airplane nosed over.

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