Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, Spirit Aircraft LLC, N124CK: Accident occurred June 07,2016 at Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (KHQU), Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia

AIRCRAFT:   2005 Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N124CK, serial number 172S9808

ENGINE - M&M, S/N:  Lycoming IO-360-L2A, serial number L-29241-51A

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N: McCauley 1A170E/JHA7660, hub serial number AAH23010

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:   As of March 25, 2016, Tach 3123.5, TSMOH 878.4 hours.

PROPELLER:    As of March 25, 2016, TT estimated is 2,829; Tach 3123.5   

AIRFRAME:     As of May 5, 2016, TT is 3126.8.                 

OTHER EQUIPMENT: GNS-430W, GA-35, Nav-Com GNC-255A, Audio Marker Panel GMA-340, CDI KI-209.         

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  CFI and student pilot aboard experienced a hard landing with the aircraft during practice night landing. Airplane struck runway light, swerved to opposite side of runway, striking other runway light, and sliding across runway surface into grass area.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Extensive damage.   

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:     Thomas McDuffie Regional Airport, GA      

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FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Atlanta FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA295
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 2016 in Thomson, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N124CK
Injuries: 2 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 during a night training flight the airplane was high on final approach. He further reported that during the landing flare, the airplane ballooned and then touched down hard. The flight instructor attempted to abort the landing, but the nose gear collapsed during the touchdown and the airplane veered off the runway.

The right wing and left elevator sustained substantial damage.

The flight instructor 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 student pilot's incorrect landing flare and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action, which resulted in a hard landing, nose wheel collapse, and runway excursion.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | UPDATE: 11:47 a.m.

McDuffie County, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A student pilot and instructor has been identified in Tuesday night's hard landing that led to a crash at the Thomson McDuffie-Regional Airport.

Sheriff Deputy Ronnie Williamson of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office said that they spoke to Curtis Merriweather, the pilot instructor, and Brandon Cunningham, a student pilot.

Merriweather and Cunningham were practicing night landing exercises. When they attempted to land on the runway, the plane bounced and traveled off the runway onto a grassy shoulder and striking a runway light.

Slight damage was sustained to the airplane and no injuries were reported. FAA was notified and soon took over the investigation.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | UPDATE: 8:50 a.m.

McDuffie County, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- More details are being released about a small aircraft crash on a runway at Thomson McDuffie Regional Airport on Tuesday Night.

The FAA says that a Cessna 172 made a hard landing next to the runway at Thomson-McDuffie County Airport last night, breaking the landing gear.

Two people were on board. Local authorities will release their names and conditions.

The FAA is currently investigating what caused the crash.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

McDuffie County, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A small aircraft crashed on the runway at Thomson McDuffie-Regional Airport, according to McDuffie County Dispatch.

Dispatch says the plane ran into the ground shortly after 10:00 p.m. while doing touch-and-goes and broke off its nose gear in the grass. A student pilot was flying when the incident started, but an instructor took over. Neither the pilot or instructor were injured, according to dispatch.

The crash has been cleared, and the plane is in the hangar awaiting NTSB inspection.

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