Friday, December 8, 2017

Cessna 172D, N2351U, registered to Mercer Aviation Group LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred December 07, 2017 at Auburn Municipal Airport (S50), King County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Renton, Washington

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N2351U

Location: Auburn, WA
Accident Number: WPR18LA047
Date & Time: 12/07/2017, 1600 PST
Registration: N2351U
Aircraft: CESSNA 172D
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 7, 2017, about 1600 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172D, N2351U, experienced a loss of aileron control during landing at the Auburn Municipal Airport (S50), Auburn, Washington. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. The airplane was registered to Mercer Aviation Group LLC, Mercer Island, Washington, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from S50 at 1530.

In a written statement, the pilot reported that after turning onto final for runway 16, the nose of the airplane veered sharply to the left without any control input. The pilot stated that he counteracted the movement by applying right rudder and the airplane veered to the right as he noticed that he had no response from aileron control input. The pilot further reported that he tried to stabilize the airplane with rudder inputs and aborted the landing sequence by applying power. As the application of power was applied, he noticed that the lack of response from the ailerons became more pronounced and decided to reduce throttle and land. Subsequently the airplane landed on the runway surface about 45o off runway heading. The airplane exited the right side of the runway and impacted a water retention pond adjacent to the runway, where it came to rest nose low.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2351U
Model/Series: 172D D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSEA, 434 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.48 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, WA (S50)
Destination: Auburn, WA (S50)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:   47.330000, -122.227500

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