Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N1118F, registered to and operated by Ecological Services International: Accident occurred February 28, 2018 in Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

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/N1118F

Location: Gatesville, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA146
Date & Time: 02/28/2018, 1300 CST
Registration: N1118F
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that he performed a soft field takeoff from the left side of the turf runway where it was firmer.

The airplane climbed to 20ft above ground level where it encountered wind gusts from the right. The airplane drifted to the left, collided with the wind sock pole, and then impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The nearest METAR reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 170° at 17kts and gusting to 22kts.

The pilot reported in the Recommendation section of the National Transportation Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, that the accident could have been prevented if he had initiated the takeoff from the center of the runway.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/06/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/23/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3090 hours (Total, all aircraft), 800 hours (Total, this make and model), 3090 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N1118F
Model/Series: 172 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17254713
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/04/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4091 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Registered Owner: ECOLOGICAL SERVICES INTERNATIONAL
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: ECOLOGICAL SERVICES INTERNATIONAL
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTPL, 682 ft msl
Observation Time: 1849 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 214°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2600 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 19°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3300 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 17 knots/ 22 knots, 170°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Gatesville, TX (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Port Isabel, TX (PIL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private Airstrip (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 682 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Soft
Runway Used: 13
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  31.215833, -97.365556 (est)




CORYELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) A pilot was injured Wednesday when a small plane crashed on a ranch in Coryell County.

The pilot, Paul Seales, 74, walked away from the crash.

He was taken to Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville with non-life-threatening injuries, the Department of Public Safety said.

The Cessna 172G Skyhawk crashed at around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday after a wing struck a windsock pole as Seales was taking off from a grass strip about seven miles east of Gatesville, witnesses said.

An FAA representative was en route to the crash site off County Road 324, the DPS said.

Seales is a longtime friend of the owner's of the ranch's owners, Curves CEO Gary Heavin and his wife Diane.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kwtx.com

The Texas Department of Public Safety said a small aircraft crash-landed at a private airfield off County Road 324 in Coryell County Wednesday afternoon.

The pilot, who was the only occupant, was driven by ambulance to a local hospital, DPS said. But, first responders said the pilot's injuries were not life-threatening.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said a Cessna 172G Skyhawk crash-landed at a private airfield off County Road 324 in Coryell County Wednesday afternoon.

The pilot, who was the only occupant, was driven by ambulance to a local hospital, DPS said. But, first responders said the pilot's injuries were not life-threatening.

DPS Sgt. Dave Roberts said his office would secure the scene.

Because the scene was on private land, the situation posed no hazards to nearby roads.

Coryell County Office of Emergency Management said it was aware of the crash. The Gatesville Police Department said the initial 911 call came in at 1:58 p.m.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kcentv.com

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