Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cessna 152, N89904: Accident occurred April 25, 2018 near Cullman Regional Airport (KCMD), Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Cullman, AL
Accident Number: CEN18LA151
Date & Time: 04/25/2018, 1714 CDT
Registration: N89904
Aircraft: CESSNA 152
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 25, 2018, about 1714 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152 airplane, N89904, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after departing from Cullman Regional Airport (CMD), Cullman, Alabama. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Guest Aviation LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for flight, which departed about 1709 without a flight plan, with a planned destination of Northeast Alabama Regional Airport (GAD), Gadsden, Alabama.

According to the pilot, he departed CMD and climbed to 3,500 ft mean sea level. As he pulled the mixture control toward a lean position for cruise flight, the engine lost power. The pilot pushed the mixture control to a full rich position but was unsuccessful in restarting the engine. During the forced landing into a field, the airplane nosed over, which damaged the right wing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N89904
Model/Series: 152 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K3A1, 963 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots/ 15 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: CULLMAN, AL (CMD)
Destination: GADSDEN, AL (GAD) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.152778, -86.634722 (est)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Amber Barnett was walking down to her mailbox Wednesday, when she saw a small white plane crash into the field in front of her Holly Pond home.

Barnett says she saw the plane hit a ditch in the field and flip over.

“It scared me to death because the nurse in me wanted to go help the pilot but I was scared the plane was going to explode. So I kind of rocked back and forth in the road for a while,” Barnett explained.

She called her husband Brandon, and then walked over to the plane, where she saw a man in his young 20’s step out of the overturned aircraft.

“I was probably 30 yards from the plane when I saw him come out of the door and stand up and I said are you okay and he started walking toward me and was just asking for a telephone,” she said.

The young man is a student in the flight school at Wallace State Community College. The college, along with local authorities, are not releasing his name.

“I kept saying 'are you okay, are you okay? Did you hit your head? Did you have a helmet on?'” recalled Barnett. “And he said, 'I’m fine. I’m fine.' A while after the accident I went back to him and said 'are you sure you’re okay?' and he simply raised up his pants leg and had a small scratch on his leg…I was amazed. I was terrified went I went towards him, what I was going to find. So I was amazed he was okay.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating now. A spokesman tells ABC 33/40 the pilot reported a problem with the engine, before landing here in the empty field.

“I was expecting the worst,” added Brandon Barnett. ‘I was amazed he got up and walked around.”

Barnett went on to explain how the young man appeared shaken. He and his wife were also in shock, after witnessing the plane crash so close to their home.

The NTSB told ABC 33/40 it is working to determine why the engine lost power. It is expected to complete the investigation in the next three to six months.

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CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) - A single-engine plane crash in Cullman County has resulted in one person being hospitalized with minor injuries, according to Cullman County EMA.

The Cessna 152 crashed near Holly Pond, losing engine power and flipping over after landing in a field in Cullman around 7:55 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the FAA. 

The pilot ended up with minor injuries and was transported to Cullman Regional Hospital, where they were released after a short time.

The pilot of the plane rented it from Wallace State, who leases the aircraft, according to Kristen Holmes, director of Communications and Marketing at Wallace State Community College.

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The EMA confirms a small, single-engine plane has crashed near Holly Pond in northeastern Cullman County.

Wallace State Community College president Vicki Karolewics confirmed the pilot is a student.

The college leases the planes used in the aviation program.

The pilot has minor injuries and was transported to Cullman Regional.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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