Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N785SP: Accident occurred July 28, 2018 at Knox County Airport (4I3), Mount Vernon, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Mount Vernon, OH
Accident Number: WPR18LA207
Date & Time: 07/28/2018, 1045 EDT
Registration: N785SP
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 28, 2018, about 1045 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172S airplane, N785SP, sustained substantial damage following an inflight fire in the traffic pattern at Knox County Airport (4I3), Mount Vernon, Ohio. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight that departed Newark-Heath Airport (VTA), Newark, Ohio, about 1015. The flight was destined for Zanesville Municipal Airport (ZZV), Zanesville, Ohio.

According to the pilot, several minutes after takeoff, he maneuvered the airplane to enter the traffic pattern at 4I3, to accomplish touch-and-go landings. Shortly thereafter, he noticed a fire near the rudder pedals. The fire continued to enlarge while he landed the airplane. After landing, he safely egressed from the airplane, and a few seconds later the cockpit area was engulfed in flames.

The airplane was recovered to a secure storage facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N785SP
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: 4I3, 1191 ft msl
Observation Time: 1056 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Newark, OH (VTA)
Destination: Zanesville, OH (ZZV) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.328889, -82.526111 (est)

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