FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA W. Chicago-DuPage (NON Part 121) FSDO-03
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA246
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 05, 2016 in Wonder Lake, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/01/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6576H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
During an instructional flight, the student pilot was landing the airplane. As the flight instructor observed the student’s approach, he noted that the approach path was too low, so he prompted the student to add more engine power. The instructor then diverted his attention to a radio call with another airplane and did not monitor the student’s approach path. When the instructor realized that the approach path was too low to make the runway, there was insufficient time for him to intervene before the airplane landed short of the runway. The instructor reported no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane before the accident
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The flight instructor's inadequate supervision and lack of remedial action due to his diverted attention to a radio call, which resulted in the airplane landing short of the runway.
According to the flight instructor, he was instructing the student on landings. While attempting to land on runway 18, the airplane impacted the ground just short of the runway, and then continued towards the runway, coming to stop on the approach end of runway 18. An initial inspection revealed that the left main gear had separated from the airplane and the left wing was substantially damaged.
The airplane was retained for further examination.