Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cessna 175 Skylark, N6832D: Accident occurred May 26, 2017 near San Gabriel Valley Airport (KEMT), El Monte, Los Angeles County, California

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration; Lawndale, California
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N6832D 




Location: El Monte, CA
Accident Number: WPR17LA112
Date & Time: 05/26/2017, 2015 PDT
Registration: N6832D
Aircraft: CESSNA 175
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On May 26, 2017, about 2015 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 175, N6832D, sustained substantial damage after it veered from the runway and impacted trees at San Gabriel Valley Airport (EMT), El Monte, California. The airplane was registered to a private party and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 local instructional flight. The certified flight instructor (CFI), student pilot receiving instruction and passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight departed EMT, about 1900. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

In written statements, it was reported that the flight had successfully completed multiple touch and go landings prior to the accident. On the eighth landing, with the student pilot at the controls, just before touchdown, the airplane drifted to the right of the runway. As the airplane touched down, the CFI applied full left rudder input. The nose of the airplane yawed to the right. The student pilot applied full power and the airplane became airborne again with the stall horn briefly sounding. The flight instructor pushed the nose down, but the control had no travel. The airplane banked to the left and right as the flight instructor continued to try and regain control. The airplane subsequently settled back to the ground and impacted a drainage channel and trees. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and firewall.

After the wreckage was recovered, the flight control system was examined. Aileron control cable continuity was established from the control yokes to the left and right aileron bell cranks. The aileron control chains remained on the yoke sprockets and the interconnect pulleys operated normally. Flap control cable continuity was established from the manual flap handle to the flap bell cranks. Flap impact witness marks on the left side of the fuselage confirmed the flaps were extended 30o at the time of impact. The elevator push/pull tube remained attached to the base of the control yoke. The cables were continuous to the aft elevator bell crank. The elevator trim tab cables were continuous from the control wheel to the right horizontal stabilizer root area. Rudder control cable continuity was established from the rudder pedals to the rudder horn. The rudder return springs were in place and operated normally.

A review of the aircraft maintenance logbook indicated that during the last annual inspection, which was accomplished on May 18, 2017, all inspection panels were opened and all pulleys, rod ends and hinges were lubed. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/15/2014
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 2560 hours (Total, all aircraft), 450 hours (Total, this make and model), 2504 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 85 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/30/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 59 hours (Total, all aircraft), 59 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N6832D
Model/Series: 175 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 55751
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/18/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPOC, 1011 ft msl
Observation Time: 0347 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 87°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 9°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 270°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: El Monte, CA (EMT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: El Monte, CA (EMT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: SAN GABRIEL VALLEY (EMT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 295 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3995 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.088611, -118.033889 (est)

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA112
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2017 in El Monte, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N6832D
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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 May 26, 2017, about 2015 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a Cessna 175, N6832D, sustained substantial damage after it veered from the runway and impacted trees at San Gabriel Valley Airport (EMT), El Monte, California. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private party and was being flown by a friend under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certified flight instructor (CFI), student pilot receiving instruction and passenger sustained minor injuries. The local instructional flight departed El Monte, California, about 1900 PDT. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The CFI reported that they successfully completed multiple touch and go landings prior to the accident. He reported that on the eighth landing, just before touchdown, the airplane drifted to the right of the runway. As the airplane touched down, the CFI directed the student to apply left rudder which had no effect. The CFI applied left rudder, but it did not affect the airplane's track. At that point, the student pilot applied full throttle in an attempt to abort the landing; The airplane momentarily became airborne; however, settled back to the ground and subsequently impacted a drainage channel. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and firewall.

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