Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, St. Pete Air, N22904: Accident occurred March 01, 2017 at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

V L Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N22904


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA163
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 01, 2017 in St Petersburg, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N22904
Injuries: 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 student pilot reported that, during a solo flight, he was performing takeoffs and full-stop landings in the traffic pattern. During the landing roll, he configured the flaps to 0 and applied full power. The airplane pulled to the left, and he overcompensated the right rudder pedal application. “In an immediate reaction to reverse this I applied left rudder to quickly and went immediately to far left causing a fishtailing effect.” The airplane exited the runway to the left and struck runway signage and a fence. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, the landing gear attachment points, the horizontal stabilizer, and the elevator.

The student pilot reported that there were 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 student pilot’s overcompensation of right rudder pedal application during the landing roll, which resulted in a loss of directional control and impact with runway signage and a fence. 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA163
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 01, 2017 in St Petersburg, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N22904
Injuries: 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 student pilot reported that during a solo flight he was performing takeoffs and full stop landings in the traffic pattern. During the landing roll, he configured the flaps to zero and applied full power. The airplane pulled to the left and he overcompensated the right rudder pedal application. "In an immediate reaction to reverse this I applied left rudder to quickly and went immediately to far left causing a fishtailing effect." The airplane exited the runway to the left and struck runway signage and a fence. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, the landing gear attachment points, the horizontal stabilizer and the elevator.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.





ST. PETERSBURG — A student pilot escaped injury Wednesday morning when his small plane crashed while attempting a landing at Albert Whitted Airport, according to St. Petersburg police.

The male pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings, according to police, when he crashed in front of the airport tower while attempting a landing around 11:20 a.m.

The pilot was alone on the plane and was not injured, fire officials said. "Pilot error" led to the crash, according to St. Petersburg police, but the agency declined to identify the pilot.

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk ran off the side of Runway 7 and struck a fence after landing, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

She said the FAA is investigating the crash to determine whether any regulations were violated, although that process could take months. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine what led to the crash, Bergen said.

Fire officials said the crash damaged the plane's landing gear and caused a minor fuel leak.

Airport manager Richard Lesniak said the student pilot was taking lessons with St. Pete Air. Company officials declined to return calls for comment.

The fixed wing single-engine plane, which was manufactured in 2005, is registered to VL Aviation LLC in Snell Isle.

Source:  http://www.tampabay.com







ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A small plane crashed in front of the airport tower at Albert Whitted Airport Wednesday morning.

The airport is located at 107 8th Avenue SE in St. Petersburg.

When the fire department arrived on scene they found a Cessna 172S Skyhawk that had crashed in front of the tower, primarily damaging the landing gear. Police say the pilot was a student that was practicing takeoffs and landings and while attempting to land, the plane crashed near the tower. 

The male pilot was the only occupant on board the aircraft at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported. 

Fire officials handled a minor fuel leak. The FAA was notified of the crash and will complete the investigation. 

Story and video:  http://www.abcactionnews.com

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