Friday, July 7, 2017

Cessna 172D Skyhawk, N2492U: Accident occurred July 07, 2017 in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA234
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 07, 2017 in Cape Coral, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N2492U
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 June 7, 2017, about 0950 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172D airplane, N2492U, experienced a total loss engine power over Cape Coral, Florida, and was substantially damaged during the ensuing forced landing. The pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Page Field Airport (FMY), Fort Myers, Florida. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight at an altitude of 1,200 ft above ground level (agl), he noticed a partial loss of engine power. He immediately changed his course to return to FMY and applied carburetor heat to regain power. The engine continued to run rough and produce partial power, but the airplane maintained an altitude of 800 ft agl. As the pilot planned for an emergency landing, the engine lost all power. He notified air traffic control and began an emergency descent. The airplane struck power lines and collided with the ground nose first. The pilot exited the airplane and waited for emergency services.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the nose of the airplane was crush aft. The engine was also displaced aft and crushed against the firewall. There was buckling throughout the fuselage and the empennage was partially separated from the airframe. The airplane was retained for further examination.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -  A small plane crashed Friday morning south of downtown Cape Coral, injuring the pilot and cutting power to hundreds.

The crash happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Miramar Street at the Dolphin Key Resort, just west of Cape Coral Street.

Video from the scene shows a Cessna 172D Skyhawk plane lying upside down in a parking lot of the property.

The plane clipped a power line, cutting power to about 1,800 in the area. Power is still out to about 1,200 as of 11:30 a.m.

According to Vicki Moreland with the Lee County Port Authority, the pilot was taken to the hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

The pilot radioed into the tower that he was having engine trouble and said "I'm going down" before he crashed, according to radio chatter obtained from

Cape Coral resident Joseph Baker described seeing the plane before it crashed, saying there was no power to the plane.

"I saw the plane go over. It went over the canal and I happened to look up and thought he's awful low, and he had no power to his engine. I thought he's going to try and make it to the river. I didn't think anything of it. I just kept on going," Baker said.

Residents of nearby apartment complexes who were away from their homes when the plane crashed aren't being allowed back to their apartments and are being told it could be several hours before the area is cleared.

Moreland said she doesn't know if the plane was approaching to land or if it had just taken off from Page Field or elsewhere.

Grace Community School is among those reporting no power. School officials say on Facebook that the school wasn't damaged and all are safe, but there is no power or phone service as of 11:45 a.m.

Parents are being asked to pick up their students as soon as they can.

A witness calls the pilot's survival "miraculous" as she saw him sitting on the ground not far from the wreckage.

She says she heard what sounded like an explosion when the plane crashed and that transformers blew.

The FAA has confirmed they will be investigating. They're not expected to be on scene until around 1 p.m.

Cape Coral firefighters cleaned up fuel and fluids that leaked from the plane.

This is the second plane crash in as many weeks in Lee County. A plane crashed into a building on the Chico's campus June 24, killing a passenger and injuring the pilot. The investigation into that crash is expected to take several months.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. One person was injured Friday morning after a small plane crashed near downtown Cape Coral.

A Cessna 172D Skyhawk crashed on the 1500 block of Miramar Street at about 10 a.m., the Federal Aviation Authority said.

The pilot, who was the only person in plane, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

1,800 customers were without power Friday morning, the Lee County Electric Co-Op said. It was not immediately known when power will be restored.

Grace Community School, located near the crash scene, urged parents to immediately pick up their children due to the power outage:

Prior to the crash, the pilot told air traffic controllers at Page Field that he was losing engine power.

“I got an engine losing RPM,” he said, according to radio traffic. “I may have to put it down over here, I can’t make it to the…I may not make it. I may not make the bridge! I can’t restart engine is out.”

Friday’s crash is the second involving a small plane within the past two weeks.

A Piper PA-28-181 aircraft crashed into Chico’s Day Care, 11215 Metro Pkwy., following takeoff from Page Field on June 24. The passenger was killed and the pilot was hospitalized with serious injuries.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A small plane crash is under investigation near Cape Coral Parkway this morning.

It happened shortly before 10 a.m. Friday on Miramar Street in front of the Dolphin Key Resort, just south of Cape Coral Parkway near Del Prado Boulevard.

One person was in the plane at the time, and was seen walking away from the wreckage.  He reportedly was transported to the hospital as a trauma alert.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirms the plane was a Cessna 172D Skyhawk, and that they will investigate the crash.

Power outages are reported in the area of Miramar Street and Vincennes Court.  LCEC reports between 500-2000 customers without power in the area.

This is the 2nd small plane crash in Southwest Florida in recent weeks.  Just two weeks ago, one person was killed and another injured when a plane crashed at the Chico's headquarters on Metro Parkway.


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