Friday, January 19, 2018

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N537HF, Silver Express Company dba Flying Academy Miami: Accident occurred November 30, 2017 at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miami, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Silver Express Company dba Flying Academy Miami 

Location: Miami, FL
Accident Number: ANC18LA014
Date & Time: 11/30/2017, 2250 EST
Registration: N537HF
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 30, 2017, about 2250 eastern standard time (EST), a Cessna 172 airplane, N537HF, impacted taxiway lights after landing in the grass south of runway 9L at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (TMB), Miami, Florida. The private pilot and sole passenger sustained no injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was being operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed TMB about 2230 for a local area flight.

According to the pilot, while approaching TMB, he was issued a landing clearance by the air traffic control tower (ATCT) to land on runway 9L. The pilot stated that when entering the traffic pattern, he heard the ATCT controller state that the tower was closing. After turning onto the final segment of the traffic pattern and seeing the runway numbers, the ATCT controller said good night over the frequency just prior to the runway lights extinguishing.  The pilot then lost sight of the runway, but still saw blue taxiway lights to the right of the airplane. He continued for landing and after touching down impacted an object on what he perceived as the runway. When he exited the aircraft to investigate, he realized he landed in the grass and had impacted a taxiway light, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing and lift strut.

The pilot stated there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The closest official weather observation station is TMB. At 2253, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 010° at 6 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling clear; temperature 70° F; dew point 64° F; altimeter 30.05 inches of Mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N537HF
Model/Series: 172
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTMB, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 10°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Miami, FL (TMB)
Destination: Miami, FL (TMB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:  2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  25.651389, -80.439444

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