Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cessna 172M, N64144: Accident occurred April 28, 2017 in Columbia, Adair County, Kentucky

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA254
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Columbia, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N64144
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 reported that, while on his second attempt to land in gusting wind conditions, the airplane was “tossed” up and then a “downdraft” caused the airplane to “descend rapidly.” He added full power; however, the airplane landed hard, the nose and right main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the 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 pilot reported that the weather at the accident site, about the time of the accident, was wind variable at 10 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The pilot landed on about a 310° heading.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot’s failure to maintain a flare during landing in variable, gusting wind conditions.

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