Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cessna 172, N3943F: Accident occurred October 08, 2016 at Argyle Airport (1C3), Washington County, New York

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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albany FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA018
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 08, 2016 in Argyle, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N3943F
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 during a biennial flight review (BFR), while in the traffic pattern, the flight instructor reduced the throttle to idle to simulate a total engine failure. He further reported that during the base to final turn, the airplane was slow, and the stall warning horn was audible. During touchdown, the airplane landed hard, bounced, veered off the runway to the right, impacted a tree, and then nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported no preaccident 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 failure to maintain a stable descent rate and his improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing. 

ARGYLE — Two men walked away with minor injuries after a 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172 flipped over near the runway at Argyle Airport following a pilot re-certification flight Saturday afternoon, the Washington County sheriff said.

Gary V. Townsend, 55, of Sutherland, Vt. was piloting the Cessna during the re-certification flight with instructor Richard J. Bovey, 72, of Argyle. Both men suffered minor injuries, were treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians and declined to be taken to a hospital, Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy said.

The crash occurred at about 2 p.m. and the plane landed upside-down just east of the runway at the Argyle Airport on State Route 40, Murphy said.

Deputies Brad Hamilton, John Whitney and Sgt. Tim Carroll responded to the crash, which is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Argyle Fire and EMS and the state Department of Environmental Conservation were also at the scene. The plane suffered significant damage, Murphy said.


ARGYLE — A 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172 carrying two passengers crashed Saturday afternoon into a field just off the runway at the airport on Route 40 in Argyle.

The plane's pilot, Gary V. Townsend, 55, of Sunderland Vt., was completing a portion of a pilot re-certification flight, Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy said in a release.  

"He came in at too slow a speed and hit the runway,"  Sgt. Tim Carroll of the Sheriff's Department said at the scene. "Then the plane struck a tree and the plane flipped over."

The Argyle flight  instructor, Richard J. Bovey, 72, was the only passenger in the aircraft.

Both men suffered  minor injuries and were checked at the scene by emergency responders, Carroll said.

The FAA was contacted and will be investigating the cause of the accident, according Murphy. The plane was significantly damaged, he added.

ENCON units along with Argyle Fire and EMS assisted at the scene. 


ARGYLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police say the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane crash at the Argyle Airport Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies located the plane, which was a 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172, upside down, just east of the runway. Deputies located the two people who were involved in the crash as well.

Gary Townsend, 55, of Sunderland, Vermont was the pilot of the aircraft and was completing a portion of a pilot re-certification flight. Richard Bovey, 72, of Argyle, N.Y., was the instructor and passenger in the plane.

Both suffered apparent minor injuries and were checked by EMS at the scene. They declined transport to the hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the cause of the accident.

The plane suffered significant damage.

Along with the sheriff’s office, Argyle Fire Department and EMS were at the scene assisting.


ARGYLE -- The FAA is looking into a plane crash at the Argyle Airport Saturday afternoon.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said two men were treated at the scene for minor injuries. 

The pilot suffered cuts and scrapes, and the instructor had minor injuries including one to his ear.

The Sheriff's Office reported it found the plane upside-down, with significant damage.


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