Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG, N9415B, registered to Dulles Aviation and operated by Av-Ed Flight School: Accident occurred January 21, 2018 at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (KMRB), Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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

Dulles Aviation Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N9415B

Location: Martinsburg, WV
Accident Number: ERA18LA067
Date & Time: 01/21/2018, 1804 EST
Registration: N9415B
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On January 21, 2018, at 1804 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172RG airplane, N9415B, sustained substantial damage while landing at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB), Martinsburg, West Virginia. The flight instructor and the private pilot were not injured. The airplane was registered to Dulles Aviation, Manassas, Virginia, and operated by Av-Ed Flight School, Leesburg, Virginia, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from MRB.

The flight instructor stated that the purpose of the flight was to practice commercial pilot maneuvers and landings. The flight was normal, and they had completed about six short and soft-field takeoffs and landings without incident. On the seventh landing, after the private pilot extended the landing gear, the gear down-and-locked light did not illuminate. A visual check revealed that the nose gear was extended but the main gear was trailing and not fully extended. The flight instructor said they used the emergency gear handle to try and pump the main gear down, but there was no pressure in the system. The flight instructor then landed the airplane with the nose wheel still extended. He said he was able to keep the airplane straight for about 600 ft, but the airplane's left wing dropped resulting in substantial damage to the wing and elevator. After exiting the airplane, hydraulic fluid was observed pooling under the airplane and along the side of the empennage.

The airplane was retained for further examination of the hydraulic and landing gear systems.

At 1753, the weather conditions reported at MRB was calm wind, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 4,900 ft, overcast clouds at 8,000 ft, temperature 11° C, dewpoint 5° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.11 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N9415B
Model/Series: 172RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No
Operator:  DULLES AVIATION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MRB, 564 ft msl
Observation Time:  EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4900 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Martinsburg, WV (MRB)
Destination:  Martinsburg, WV (MRB) 

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:  39.000000, -77.000000 (est)

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