Saturday, June 3, 2017

Cessna 177B Cardinal, N34462: Accident occurred June 03, 2017 at Abel Island Airpark (IA23), Guttenberg, Clayton County, Iowa

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA317
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 03, 2017 in Guttenberg, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N34462
Injuries: 1 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, during final, “all seemed normal until [he] felt the plane drop.” He added that he heard the stall warning horn chirp and added full power “[too] late.” The left wing sheared off after impacting a street sign, and the airplane came to rest on the left side of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles north of the accident airport revealed that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 210° at 9 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 17.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain an adequate approach path, which resulted in the left wing impacting a street sign.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N34462

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA317
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 03, 2017 in Guttenberg, IA
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N34462
Injuries: 1 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 during final "all seemed normal until [he] felt the plane drop". He added that he heard the stall warning horn chirp and added full power "[too] late". The left wing sheared off after impacting a street sign and the airplane came to rest on the left side of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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


A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles north of the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was 210° at 9 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 17.



CLAYTON COUNTY (KWWL) -  William Swartz of Davenport walks away from a plane crash Saturday after trying to land.

Authorities say Swartz was flying a Cessna Cardinal in the Abel Island area and hit pole.

He was trying to land in windy weather near the grassy airport during the collision.

The pole damaged a wing, but he was still able to land.

Swartz tells KWWL, he owns a home on the island.






Crews responding to a plane crash on Able Island near Guttenberg.

Witnesses say the plane was flying low and hit a pole and spun.

Clayton County Sheriff's Deputies along with the Guttenberg Police, ambulance and fire department are currently on scene.

Story and video:   http://www.kwwl.com

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