Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N6013E: Incident occurred April 19, 2017 in Yankeetown, Florida

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

How Inc:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA160
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Yankeetown, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6013E
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 April 19, 2017, about 2045 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N6013E, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown, Florida. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from George T. Lewis Airport (CDK), Cedar Key, Florida, around 2025 and was destined for Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Orlando, Florida.

According to the pilot, he performed an engine run-up with no anomalies noted. The airplane departed and leveled off about 5,500 ft mean sea level. About 15 minutes after takeoff, the engine "failed" and "violently" shook. The pilot declared an emergency and searched for a place to land. He attempted to restart the engine four times prior to ditching the airplane in the water. The pilot and passenger egressed without injury.

An examination of the airplane revealed that the right wing was substantially damaged. The engine remained attached to the airframe through all engine mounts.

Examination of the engine by an NTSB investigator revealed that crankshaft continuity was obtained when rotating the propeller by hand. All cylinders remained attached to the engine and were not damaged. Thumb compression was attained on all cylinders when the propeller was rotated by hand. The propeller remained attached to the engine and no damage was noted on the blades. All spark plugs were examined and no anomalies were noted with the electrodes. The oil screen was free of debris. The carburetor was examined, and no anomalies were noted. Fuel consistent with 100 low-lead (LL) aviation fuel was noted in the carburetor bowl, with traces of water. There was no debris noted in the fuel strainer, which also contained 100LL fuel with traces of water. The engine starter operated without anomaly when the key was turned in the ignition. The magnetos were removed, inspected, and were full of water. The magnetos were rotated by hand; however, spark could not be generated.

Coast Guard crew members from Station Yankeetown, Florida, are shown at the station with two plane crash survivors in front of the station's 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water,  April 19th, 2017. The boat crew used the SPC-SW when the Cessna 172N Skyhawk force landed near Yankeetown. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

YANKEETOWN, Fla. An 18-year-old Cape Coral woman was one of two people rescued after their plane crashed in water Wednesday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

She and the plane’s pilot, a 19-year-old man from Longwood, were unhurt. They were traveling to Orlando Sanford International Airport from Cedar Key when their plane went down near the boat ramp at the end of County Road 40 in Yankeetown north of Tampa.

The Coast Guard was notified at 8:48 p.m., and a Coast Guard boat crew arrived on scene at 9:21. They found the man and woman on top of the plane in about 2 feet of water.

The plane had been having engine trouble before it went down, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the crash.

The names of the man and woman were not released.

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gretnabear said...

very favorable wet rates at

Anonymous said...

Heard this on the radio while flying north. Glad to know they are safe!