Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cessna 172RG Cutlass, N6102R, South Florida Aviation Group LLC: Accident occurred November 15, 2017 at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

South Florida Aviation Group LLC:

Location: Opa Locka, FL
Accident Number: ANC18LA009
Date & Time: 11/15/2017, 2007 EST
Registration: N6102R
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On November 15, 2017, about 2007 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172RG retractable landing gear airplane, N6102R, sustained substantial damage during landing at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami, Florida. The airplane was registered to South Florida Aviation Group, LLC and operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. The certificated commercial pilot and safety pilot were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to practice instrument approaches for an upcoming certified flight instructor instrument (CFII) check ride. Just prior to intercepting the glideslope for the ILS 9L approach into KOPF she moved the landing gear selector to the down position, verified that the gear down and locked light was illuminated, set the flaps to 20 degrees, and completed the before landing checklist. About 500 feet above ground level (AGL), the GPS blinked, and radio communications were lost. The safety pilot set the transponder to squawk 7600, and switched to the number two radio, but was unable to reestablish radio communications with air traffic control (ATC). About 150 feet AGL, the lights on the instrument panel blinked. The pilot then selected flaps to 30 degrees and configured the airplane for landing, while the safety pilot, once again, attempted to reestablish communications with the ATC tower. The pilot sated that she then moved the landing light switch to the on position, and immediately lost all electrical power. After receiving a green light gun signal from the tower, she continued the approach and visually verified that the main landing gear was extended. Upon touchdown the right main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane departed the runway sustaining substantial damage to the right horizontal stabilizer. The pilot stated that no electrical or landing gear warning lights were illuminated for the duration of the flight.

The closest weather reporting facility was Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami, Florida. At 1953, an METAR from KOPF was reporting, in part: wind from 020 °at 5 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, clear; temperature, 75 °F; dew point 70° F; altimeter, 29.93 inches of mercury.

A detailed wreckage examination is pending. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N6102R
Model/Series: 172RG NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOPF
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Opa Locka, FL (OPF)
Destination: Opa Locka, FL (OPF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:  None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.907500, -80.278333 (est)

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