Monday, May 30, 2016

Cessna 170A, Flymore Inc., N1441D: Accident occurred May 30, 2016 at MBS International Airport (KMBS), Tittabawassee Township, Saginaw County, Michigan


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Grand Rapids FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA275
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 2016 in Saginaw, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N1441D
Injuries: 3 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 after a long straight-in final approach, as he reduced power for the landing flare, the airplane dropped "flat" and bounced hard on the runway. The pilot further reported that he added power to cushion the touchdown after the bounce, but the right main landing gear had collapsed after the initial impact. Subsequently, the airplane veered off the runway to the left and nosed over.

The fuselage, wings, and vertical stabilizer were substantially damaged.

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's exceedance of the critical angle of attack during the landing flare, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall, hard landing, right main landing gear collapse, runway excursion, and nose over.

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, MI — Authorities responded to MBS International Airport on Memorial Day morning for a crash involving a small airplane.

The plane appeared to have flipped over and was mostly intact. Authorities said injuries, if any, were minor.

The crash occurred about 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 30. Saginaw County Central Dispatch officials stated Tittabawassee Township firefighters and medical personnel responded to the airport, 9200 Garfield, after receiving the emergency call.

Tittabawassee Township Fire Chief Philip Shaver said he could not comment because MBS officials are in charge of the incident. The Saginaw News could not immediately reach Airport Manager Jeff Nagel for comment.

Saginaw County 911 Director Tom McIntyre said the plane involved in the crash was a small, private plane.

Saginaw County sheriff's deputies also responded to the crash. Lt. Mike Gomez said as of 11:30 a.m. that his deputies were unable to aid in any investigation of the crash because planes were landing on other runways and airport officials did not want people on or near the runways.

MBS International is located in northwest Saginaw County and serves the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland area.


FREELAND — UPDATED 11:40 am with new information and corrects the number of people on board the plane.

A small plane crashed at MBS airport in Freeland on Monday morning.

Officials first reported the Cessna 170 crash just after 10 am.

The plane flipped over while attempting to land on the runway. 

Originally officials said it was mechanical, but are now saying that the cause is unknown. The FAA and NTSB are handling the investigation.

There were three people on board the plane, no injuries being reported.

The runway where the plane crashed is currently closed, however the airport remains open.

Airport officials say that there will be no impact on travelers.

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