Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N92873: Accident occurred April 11, 2017 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Spring, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

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

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


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N92873

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA232 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Houston, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N92873
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 pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, before takeoff, the windsock showed “no significant wind” and that the control tower “confirmed using a southerly traffic pattern.” He added that, during the takeoff from the waterway, the airplane initially accelerated as expected. He further added that “it became clear that the take-off run was not progressing as anticipated” and that he decided to abort the takeoff. He brought the power to idle and applied back pressure to the control yoke. 

The airplane slid onto the grass embankment at the end of the runway and came to rest on the adjacent taxiway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

Weather observations from the airport showed that, from about 20 minutes before the accident to 60 minutes after the accident, the wind varied in direction from 360° to 050°, and the speed varied from 4 to 11 knots, with a peak wind from 360° at 30 knots. The pilot departed waterway 17W.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s delayed attempt to abort the takeoff with a tailwind, which resulted in a runway overrun.

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that prior to takeoff, the windsock showed "no significant wind" and the control tower "confirmed using a southerly traffic pattern". He added that during the takeoff on the waterway, the airplane initially accelerated as expected. He further added that "it became clear that the take-off run was not progressing as anticipated" and decided to abort the takeoff. He brought the power to idle and applied back pressure to the control yoke. The airplane slid onto the grass embankment at the end of the runway and came to rest on the adjacent taxiway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

Weather observations, located on the airport, showed that from about 20 minutes before the accident to 60 minutes after the accident, the wind varied in direction from 360° to 050°, and the speed varied 4 to 11 knots, with a peak wind of 360° at 30 knots. The pilot departed waterway 17W.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA232
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Houston, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N92873
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 pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that prior to takeoff, the windsock showed "no significant wind" and the control tower "confirmed using a southerly traffic pattern". He added that during the takeoff on the waterway, the airplane initially accelerated as expected. He further added that "it became clear that the take-off run was not progressing as anticipated" and decided to abort the takeoff. He brought the power to idle and applied back pressure to the control yoke. The airplane slid onto the grass embankment at the end of the runway and came to rest on the adjacent taxiway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

Weather observations, located on the airport, showed that from about 20 minutes before the accident to 60 minutes after the accident, the wind varied in direction from 360° to 050°, and the speed varied 4 to 11 knots, with a peak wind of 360° at 30 knots. The pilot departed waterway 17W.

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