Friday, June 10, 2016

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, Bergstrom Aircraft Inc., N733EC: Accident occurred June 10, 2016 at Tri-Cities Airport (KPSC), Pasco, Franklin County, Washington


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Spokane FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA305
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 2016 in Pasco, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N733EC
Injuries: 1 Minor, 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.

The flight instructor reported that about 150 feet above the ground during the initial climb, he reduced the power to idle to demonstrate loss of engine power during takeoff. He further reported that he lowered the nose of the airplane to gain airspeed, but after about 2 seconds the airplane settled rapidly. The flight instructor advanced the throttle to full forward, and flared about 20 feet above the ground to arrest the sink rate. He reported that the airplane landed flat, all three landing gear collapsed, and the airplane skidded about 150 feet down the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing. 

According to the flight instructor there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport, revealed that, about 37 minutes before the accident the wind was 200 degrees true at 16 knots, wind gusts 23 knots. A further review revealed that, about 27 minutes after the accident the wind was 190 degrees true at 17 knots, wind gusts 27 knots. The airplane landed on runway 21R.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The flight instructor's failure to maintain pitch control during the simulated engine failure after takeoff, which resulted in a hard landing, landing gear(s) collapse, and wing damage.

A small airplane on a training flight was damaged in a hard landing at the airport in Pasco early Friday afternoon.

A Bergstrom Aircraft flight school instructor and a student were onboard, with the instructor flying the Cessna 172.

Neither was injured, but the airplane had substantial damage.

Malin Bergstrom, president of Bergstrom Aircraft, said the plane did not have engine failure. The cause of the hard landing is not yet known.

Buck Taft, deputy director of the Tri-Cities Airport, said the plane skidded off the runway during the landing.

The incident happened a little after 12:30 p.m. and the plane had been removed by about 1:15 p.m.

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