Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N5448K, registered to and operated by Sky Guam Aviation Inc: Accident occurred September 25, 2017 at A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Sky Guam Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N5448K

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA216
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 25, 2017 in Tamuning, GU
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N5448K
Injuries: 3 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 25, 2017, about 1715 LCL, a Cessna 172P, N5448K, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain following a loss of engine at Guam International Airport (GUM), Tamuning, Guam. The airplane was registered to and operated by Sky Guam Aviation, Inc. under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight that originated from GUM at 1650.

The pilot reported that the accident flight was scheduled as a 20-minute local sightseeing flight and that it was his last flight of the day. He conducted a normal preflight and reported no issues during the beginning of the flight. While enroute, the pilot noticed sparks on his left side and smoke started to fill up the cabin. The pilot opened the left window to disperse the smoke. He did not observe fire but the smoke continued to accumulate in the cockpit. Shortly after, the engine lost power and the airplane started to shake violently. The pilot decided to return to the airport and made a mayday call to inform the tower of the engine failure. While enroute to the airport, he attempted to restart the engine but he was unsuccessful. The pilot realized he did not have a sufficient altitude to land on the runway and initiated a forced landing to a nearby field. The airplane landed short of the airport perimeter fence.

Initial findings show the Cessna 172P Skyhawk landed off the A.B. Won Pat International Airport runway on Monday was experiencing an electrical fire in-flight.

Guam International Airport Authority spokeswoman Rolenda Faasuamalie said the pilot of the Sky Guam Aviation aircraft advised control tower operators of an onboard electrical fire requiring an emergency landing.

The crash occurred approximately 5:12 p.m. that day. But the site wasn't cleared until 8 a.m. the following day after officials could conduct an on-site investigation.

'Incident is very unusual'

"This incident is very unusual. It's definitely not something that occurs often here," Faasuamalie said.

"Their maintenance schedules are up to the company's discretion. GIAA's capacity is just to ensure they have the correct certifications and licenses to fly," she said.

Onboard the aircraft were two passengers and one pilot, all of whom were conscious and responsive when Guam Fire Department officials arrived.

The pilot, who wasn't identified, stayed at the crash site until all responders left the site Monday night.

No flames or smoke were seen when the plane hit the ground.

No other flights were disrupted, Faasuamalie has said.

The aviation company has been in business for at least five years and is listed as a tourism business with the Guam Visitors Bureau.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.postguam.com

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