Monday, May 14, 2018

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N4144L: Accident occurred May 14, 2018 in Nooksack, Whatcom County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Nooksack, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA280
Date & Time: 05/14/2018, 1555 PDT
Registration: N4144L
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, after three attempts to land the airplane at the one-way, private grass airstrip, the wind had become a tailwind. During the fourth approach, the wind was "apparently stabilized", but once he committed to land the wind increased and became a hazard. He added that the airplane was then "too low to abort" and the airplane landed long. Subsequently, the airplane was unable to stop, overran the runway, and impacted a power pole.

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

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 about 9 nautical miles away from the accident site reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 220° at 5 knots. The pilot landed to the east. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/04/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/11/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 331.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 78.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 245.4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N4144L
Model/Series: 172 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17254213
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/07/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6343.75 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 125 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: CYXX, 195 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2300 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 340°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 11000 ft agl
Visibility: 30 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Burlington/Mount Vernon, WA (BVS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Nooksack, WA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1515 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  48.883333, -122.283611 (est)

Law enforcement and fire crews responded to the scene of a northern Whatcom County plane crash Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m., crews were called to the 6800 block of Goodwin Road near Everson for the report of a small airplane crash, according to emergency radio traffic.

A Cessna airplane struck a power pole with its wing while taxiing after it landed, impacting the power lines, according to Allen Kenitzer, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft was not in flight at the time, Kenitzer said.

Local authorities said only the pilot was on board, Kenitzer said.

He did not have an update on the pilot's condition, but according to emergency radio traffic, the pilot had a head injury but was conscious, breathing and out of the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Kenitzer said.

The plane was reported to be leaking fuel.

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