Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cessna 175 Skylark, N175DH: Accident occurred May 20, 2017 at Prospect State Airport (64S), Jackson County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Prospect, OR
Accident Number: GAA17CA302
Date & Time: 05/20/2017, 1000 PDT
Registration:  N175DH
Aircraft: CESSNA 175
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional


The flight instructor reported that, during a demonstrated soft field takeoff, the right lift strut impacted the tops of three trees. The flight instructor continued to his destination with no other anomiles.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the elevator.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 
The flight instructor's failure to attain an adequate climb rate during takeoff, which resulted in impact with trees.


Climb rate - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/15/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/15/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1152 hours (Total, all aircraft), 324 hours (Total, this make and model), 1114 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N175DH
Model/Series: 175 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 56280
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/28/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  2350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2953.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: GO-300D
Registered Owner:JOHN E. MCKINNIS
Rated Power: 175 hp
On file Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMFR, 1329 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 218°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 9°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 20°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: PROSPECT, OR (64S)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: MEDFORD, OR (MFR)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory
Departure Time: 1000 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2578 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough
Runway Used: 2
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.743056, -122.488333 (est)

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