Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N3224T: Accident occurred April 28, 2017 in Freetown, Cortland County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA249
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Marathon, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N3224T
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 stated that, during the second low pass over a friend’s grass airstrip, the airplane was “low and slow” and unable to maintain altitude. He applied throttle; however, he “got behind the airplane, and it got him.” Subsequently, the airplane settled, touched down, and overran the north end of the runway. The airplane then hit a road, became airborne shortly, and came to rest nose down. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 altitude and airspeed while maneuvering at a low altitude.

FREETOWN — A pilot and passenger walked away after their plane crashed into a field off Sperry Road just before 6 p.m. Friday.

The pilot, Tom Adams, 65, of Marathon, and a passenger were flying Adams’ 1968 Cessna Cardinal over a landing strip on Sperry Road, owned by Tony Zelsnack, when the asymmetric flap extension or retention locked up during a low approach.

The plane flew under telephone wires before crashing through some bushes, coming to rest in the field, Adams said.

The owners of the field, Richard and Virginia Karpenko, reported the crash.

Neither Adams nor his passenger, Micah Bates, 30, a resident of the DeRuyter area, reported serious injuries.

The accident caused a fuel leak in the plane and tore tubing out of a wing.

Members of the Marathon and McGraw fire departments, as well as Marathon Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash site.

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