Sunday, July 9, 2017

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N6591H, Marquette County Flying Club Inc: Accident occurred January 05, 2015 at Sawyer International Airport (KSAW), Marquette, Michigan






Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

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


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


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Marquette County Flying Club Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N6591H

NTSB Identification: CEN15CA097 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 05, 2015 in Marquette, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/07/2015
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N6591H
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 planned a local afternoon flight, which included takeoff from a runway covered with patchy snow and ice. Throughout the morning and afternoon prior to the accident, surface wind observations were westerly at 5 to 12 knots.

During takeoff roll on the northerly runway, the pilot stated he encountered a gust of westerly crosswinds and the airplane yawed to the left. Unable to maintain directional control, the pilot aborted the takeoff. The airplane subsequently impacted a snowdrift on the left side of the runway and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The pilot reported no mechanical 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 did not maintain directional control during takeoff on the snow and ice covered runway in gusting crosswind conditions.

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