Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cessna 172H Skyhawk, N3772F: Accident occurred December 27, 2016 in Bridgeport, Jackson County, Alabama

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA075
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in Bridgeport, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172H, registration: N3772F
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 27, 2016, about 1600 central standard time, a Cessna 172, N3772F, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss engine of power near Bridgeport, Alabama. The airline transport pilot was not injured, the passenger sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed Marin County Airport-Brown Field (APT), Jasper, Tennessee.

The pilot stated that he departed for a local flight with 11 gallons of fuel, during the flight he noted that there was more fuel in the right tank than then left. He switched the fuel selector from the BOTH position to the RIGHT position. The pilot then performed a series of steep turns to the right, varying between 45 to 60 degrees of bank, over a relative's house. While rolling out from the steep turns the engine began to surge, sputter, and lose power. After attempting to restart the engine to no avail, he performed a forced landing to a field. During the landing the airplane flipped over and came to rest inverted resulting in substantial damage to the left wing. After the accident, the pilot moved the fuel selector back to the BOTH position.

A postaccident examination by the Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector revealed that the right fuel tank contained about 4.5 gallons of fuel, and the left tank contained about 3.5 gallons of fuel. The pilot reported that prior to the loss of engine power, there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane had been operated for about 38 hours since its most recent annual inspection, which was performed about 4 months prior. 

The four seat, high wing, tricycle landing gear-equipped airplane, was powered by a Continental O-300, 160 horsepower engine.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multi-engine land, as well as a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and instrument airplane. He reported 5,572 hours of total flight experience, his most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on July 28, 2016.

The weather conditions at Winchester Municipal Airport (BGF), Winchester, Tennessee, located about 20 nautical miles northwest of the accident site, at 0355, included wind 350° at 6 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, an overcast ceiling at 4,400 ft; temperature 12° C and dew point of 5° C, and altimeter setting of 30.20 inches of mercury.

A small plane crashed on Tuesday afternoon along Highway 72 near the Tennessee-Alabama state line close to South Pittsburg.

The crash was first reported just after 4pm CST on Tuesday.

We have now confirmed that two people — a male pilot and a female passenger — were on board the plane at the time of the crash.

Since the time of the incident (and due to the location) conflicting reports existed regarding the actual location of the crash. 

It has since been determined that the crash happened in a field across the highway from Big Daddy’s Outdoor Center which places the crash site on the Alabama side of the state line in Jackson County.

Emergency responders from agencies in both Alabama and Tennessee responded to the crash site initially.

Reports say that the pilot ran out of gas and attempted to land the plane in the field before it flipped over.

Officials say that both people on board the plane walked away with only minor injuries.

Some reports now say that it appears no flight plan was filed for the aircraft. 

The plane is registered to a pilot from Bridgeport, Alabama.


Tennessee/Alabama state line (WDEF)- Two people suffer minor injuries after a small plane crash near South Pittsburg.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

The pilot and one passenger were both treated at local hospitals for minor injuries.


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