Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Cessna 150H, registered to Sand Bridge Aviation LLC, N23398: Accident occurred February 11, 2018 at Statesville Regional Airport (KSVH), Iredell County, North Carolina

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Statesville, NC
Accident Number: GAA18CA235
Date & Time: 02/11/2018, 1400 EDT
Registration: N23398
Aircraft: CESSNA 150
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The pilot-receiving-instruction's attorney reported that, while performing routine pattern work, during landing, the airplane encountered turbulence and wind gusts. He added that, a strong gust of wind blew the right wing up, which pushed the airplane to the left side of the runway. Subsequently, the airplane came to rest partially off the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The attorney 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 200° at 12 knots, gusting to 18 knots. The pilot landed on runway 10. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 21, 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: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/26/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/04/2016
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 248 hours (Total, all aircraft), 204 hours (Total, this make and model), 240 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 76, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):  Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/08/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 31230 hours (Total, all aircraft), 565 hours (Total, this make and model), 30990 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 65 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N23398
Model/Series: 150 H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 15068928
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6562 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-200 SERIES
Rated Power: 100 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: KSVH, 965 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1855 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: Clear Air / None
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: Moderate / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Statesville, NC (SVH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Statesville, NC (SVH)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 967 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 10
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7003 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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:  35.765000, -80.954444 (est)

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