Friday, September 29, 2017

Cessna 162 Skycatcher, N552ES, Nimno 552ES LLC: Accident occurred September 28, 2017 near Huntsville Executive Airport (MDQ), Huntsville, 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:

Nimno 552ES LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA341
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Huntsville, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA 162, registration: N552ES
Injuries: 2 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 September 28, 2017, about 1700 central daylight time, a Cessna 162, N552ES, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Huntsville, Alabama. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed Huntsville Executive Airport (MDQ), Huntsville, Alabama.

The flight instructor stated the preflight inspection, engine start, taxi, and takeoff were normal. After an uneventful 20-minute flight, they were returning to MDQ and began an 80-knot descent from 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl) to traffic pattern altitude. When the student pilot added power to level the airplane about 1,400 ft msl, "the engine died instantly." The flight instructor took the controls and pumped the throttle which resulted in a brief surge of engine power. He subsequently made a forced landing to a field; after touchdown the airplane impacted trees.

The two-seat, high-wing airplane was manufactured in 2013 and was equipped with a Continental Motors O-200 series, 100 horsepower reciprocating engine. Its most recent 100-hour inspection was completed November 4, 2016.

The pilot held airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates, with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land, rotorcraft/helicopter, and glider. He reported 3,300 hours of total flight experience on his most recent application for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate, which was issued on June 23, 2017.

Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed substantial damage to the left wing and aileron, right wingtip, and fuselage. The airframe fuel strainer, wing tank sumps, and engine fuel system components were absent of water, debris, or contamination, and contained fluid consistent with 100LL aviation fuel. The FAA inspector attempted an engine start on the airframe utilizing the airplane's own battery and fuel system. The engine started, and ran continuously at multiple power settings without interruption.

At 1635, the weather reported at MDQ, about 2 miles south of the accident site, included wind from 100° at 7 knots, visibility 10 statute miles; clear skies; temperature 28° C, dew point 15° C, and altimeter 29.98 inches of mercury.

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