Friday, March 16, 2018

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N249FS. registered to New Horizon Aviation Inc: Accident occurred March 11, 2018 at Hanscom Field (KBED), Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bedford, MA
Accident Number: GAA18CA163
Date & Time: 03/11/2018, 1235 EDT
Registration: N249FS
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, during touchdown in crosswind conditions, it "felt like [the airplane] landed heavily on the nose wheel". He added that, he taxied to park without further incident.

A postaccident examination revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 300° at 9 knots. The pilot landed on runway 29. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in substantial damage.


Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight


Abnormal runway contact (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/03/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/01/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 257 hours (Total, all aircraft), 254 hours (Total, this make and model), 191 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N249FS
Model/Series: 172 R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17281249
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Rated Power: hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBED, 133 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 118°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4400 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -6°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 300°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bedford, MA (BED)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bedford, MA (BED)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1045 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 132 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: Circling; Global Positioning System; Practice
Runway Length/Width: 7011 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 42.470278, -71.289722 (est)

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