Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, Sky Shares LLC, N6616D: Accident occurred April 20, 2016 in Camarillo, Ventura County, California


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA202
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Camarillo, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6616D
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 second approach of his first solo flight he noticed that the wind direction changed from 230 degrees magnetic to 210 degrees magnetic, and the wind speed increased from 5 knots to 10 knots. He further reported that the traffic within the pattern was congested with five aircraft. He reported that during his approach, he fixated on his crosswind correction and touched down on the runway too fast, and the airplane bounced. He affirmed that his reaction to the bounce was to pitch the nose down and consequently the airplane porpoised down the runway. Substantial damage was sustained to the firewall. 

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with the airplane 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 student pilot's incorrect pitch control input, resulting in a porpoise during landing and substantial damage to the airplane's firewall.

1 comment:

The Murph said...

Its unfortunate that this happened. People have witnessed and recorded some of their low flying antics around the Camarillo airport.

Luckily no one was hurt this time.