Monday, February 26, 2018

Cessna 172M, N5147N: Accident occurred February 23, 2018 at Show Low Regional Airport (KSOW), Navajo County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Show Low, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA141
Date & Time: 02/23/2018, 1015 MST
Registration: N5147N
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, during approach in a gusting crosswind, he took the flight controls from the student pilot at about 500-700 ft. above ground level. He added that, during the landing roll while decelerating, a wind gust lifted up the back of the airplane "from the rear right to the front left forcing the front wheel onto the ground and lifting the plane onto the left main" landing gear. He applied full left rudder and right aileron to correct, but when it did not improve the situation he "relaxed the controls slightly back towards neutral". Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway to the right and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, at the time of the accident, the wind was from 210° at 26 knots, gusting 32 knots. The airplane landed on runway 06. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 02/02/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/08/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 803 hours (Total, all aircraft), 533 hours (Total, this make and model), 750 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 65 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: None
Age: Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5147N
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17261417
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/28/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9442.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2D
Registered Owner: ROBERT C. MACE JR
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Canyon State Aero LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSOW, 6411 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 96°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 26 knots/ 32 knots, 210°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting:  30 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: MESA, AZ (FFZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  Show Low, AZ (SOW)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0903 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6415 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7200 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Straight-in

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:  34.264444, -110.012778 (est)

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