Friday, August 4, 2017

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N1129K, registered to American Airplane Exchange and operated by Orange County Flight Center: Accident occurred July 29, 2017 at John Wayne-Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, Orange County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Operator: Orange County Flight Center

American Airplane Exchange dba American Aircraft Sales

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA479
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Santa Ana, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N1129K
Injuries: Unavailable

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 Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector reported that, during a preflight inspection, the student pilot and designated pilot examiner observed propeller damage during their preflight inspection. Subsequently, a further inspection by maintenance personnel revealed substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage. The airplane was flown by numerous renter pilots prior to the damage being found, and none of them claimed responsibility for the damage.

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