Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cessna 172N, N73929, Aviation Rentals LLC: Incident occurred August 21, 2017 at Guntersville Municipal Airport (8A1), Marshall County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Aviation Rentals LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA293
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 21, 2017 in Guntersville, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N73929
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 August 21, 2017, about 1430 central daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N73929, sustained substantial damage during takeoff from the Guntersville Municipal Airport (8A1), Guntersville, Alabama. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to a private corporation and operated by Henderson Aviation. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that was being conducted as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was destined for the Tom B. David Airport (CZL), Calhoun, Georgia.

The pilot stated that he departed CZL earlier that day and flew direct to 8A1, where he planned to do a touch-and-go landing and then return to CZL. He stated that he made a normal landing on runway 07, but when the nose wheel touched down, the airplane began to shake. The shaking dissipated as the airplane slowed down. The pilot then raised the flaps, turned off the carburetor heat and applied full throttle to take off. As the airplane began to accelerate, it veered sharply to the left and departed the runway. The pilot was unable to stop the left turn even with full right rudder applied and the airplane traveled down a slope and into brush. The pilot called the operator of the airplane, who called the airport for assistance to have the airplane towed back on to the runway. The airplane was inspected by a mechanic, who determined that it was not "severely" damaged; thus, the pilot decided to fly the airplane back to CZL. The pilot elected to perform one touch-and-go landing at CZL before returning to 8A1. He said the takeoff and landing were normal, but when he powered up to takeoff, the airplane again veered left off the runway even with full right rudder applied. This time, the nose wheel struck an object and the left main gear was bent aft. The propeller struck the ground and the engine stopped.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. He reported a total flight experience of 119 hours, of which 16 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane. The pilot's last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical was issued on April 26, 2017.

The weather at Albertville Regional Airport (8A0), Albertville, Alabama, about 11 miles south of the accident site, at 1435, was reported as wind from 190° at 3 knots, visibility 10 miles, clouds broken at 5,000 ft, temperature 31° C, dewpoint 25° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.15 inHG.

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