Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N98395: Accident occurred June 14, 2018 at Salem–Leckrone Airport (KSLO), Salem, Marion County, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Salem, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA360
Date & Time: 06/14/2018, 1417 CDT
Registration: N98395
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that, after landing, he taxied the airplane to the ramp to get fuel. While in front of the fuel tank he repositioned the airplane with a 360° turn. During a second attempt to reposition the airplane the right wing struck a nearby pole.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 20, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/29/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time: (Estimated) 59 hours (Total, all aircraft), 9 hours (Total, this make and model), 4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 27 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N98395
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17276285
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/05/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2407 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12436 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D2J
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSLO, 570 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1915 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 344°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  None / None
Wind Direction: 70°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Carbondale/Murphysboro, IL (MDH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination:   Salem, IL (SLO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 CDT
Type of Airspace:  Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 573 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

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:  38.643889, -88.964722 (est)

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