Saturday, August 18, 2018

Cessna R172E Cutlass, owned and operated by the United States Air Force, N146AC: Accident occurred August 16, 2018 near United States Air Force Academy Airfield (KAFF), Colorado Springs, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA335
Date & Time: 08/16/2018, 1100 MDT
Registration: N146AC
Aircraft: Cessna R172E
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On August 16, 2018, about 1100 mountain daylight time, a Cessna R172E, N146AC, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after takeoff from the Air Force Academy Airfield (AFF), Colorado Springs, Colorado. The instructor pilot and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the United States Air Force under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight was departing from AFF on a local instructional flight.

The instructor pilot reported that the preflight and runup were normal. He reported that the student pilot was flying the airplane during takeoff from runway 34 (4,480 ft by 75 ft, asphalt). The engine was operating properly with a fuel flow of about 14 gallons per hour and 2,800 – 2,900 RPM, and the engine sounded normal. The student pilot rotated about 60 mph. Initially, the pitch was high but then she lowered the nose to the horizon. The airplane attained about 100 ft above ground level; however, the airplane was not accelerating or climbing. The instructor pilot took the controls and lowered the nose, but the airplane continued to descend, and he turned 10° to the right to do a forced landing in a field. The airplane landed on its main wheels, but the nose landing gear jammed into the rough terrain and the airplane nosed over.

At 1058, the surface weather observation at AFF was: wind 360° at 9 knots; visibility 10 miles; few clouds at 17,000 ft; scattered clouds at 20,0000 ft and 22,000 ft; temperature 26° C; dew point 6° C; and altimeter 30.29 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N146AC
Model/Series: R172E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No
Operator: United States Air Force Owner
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AFF, 6576 ft msl
Observation Time: 1058 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 17000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:  Colorado Springs, CO (AFF)
Destination: Colorado Springs, CO (AFF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.973333, -104.820000

A recreational aircraft flipped on its top during an emergency landing Thursday morning at Interstate 25 and Interquest Parkway, according to a news release from the Air Force Academy.

The Cessna R172E Cutlass was carrying two people when it went down, one of which was a contracted instructor pilot, the academy said. Neither person was injured.

The Air Force did not explain what caused the emergency landing. The weather forecast at the time showed partly cloudy skies with wind speeds of 23 mph.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the aircraft was manufactured in 1967 and is owned by the United States Air Force, but Air Force spokesman Meade Warthen says it's not used for operational purposes, only recreational. The plane is maintained by the Aero Club, a civilian-owned flying club located at the Air Force Academy.

"Those airplanes are not there for any other purpose than for people to rent or fly them" Warthen said.

He did not believe the plane had previously been involved in a crash.

The club is run by certified flight instructors and maintains five aircraft, including one T-41B and four Cessna 172 planes, their website says. Club members — cadets, active duty, military members, retirees and contractors — can take courses to earn basic private pilot certificates or more advanced certificates, it says.

The aircraft can be rented for personal use for about $100 an hour.

Original article can be found here ➤

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (KKTV) -- A small airplane made an emergency landing at the Air Force Academy. Officials said there were no injuries.

Crews responded to the scene Thursday around 11:30 a.m. near I-25 and Interquest in Colorado Springs. Two people were on board and they are both okay.

The Air Force Academy said an Aero Club Cessna R172E Cutlass made an emergency landing. The Aero Club is a civilian-owned flying club at the AFA, but no Academy personnel were involved.

Original article can be found here ➤

COLORADO SPRINGS – There are no injuries reported after a small plane made an emergency landing near I-25 and South Interquest Parkway Thursday morning.

The Air Force Academy reports that the aircraft is a Aero Club Cessna 172 and that there were two people onboard. Details about what lead up to the 11:05 a.m.emergency landing is not readily available.

The Aero Club is a civilian-owned flying club that is located at the Air Force Academy. One of the people on the plane is a contract employee with the Air Force Academy, the other is not affiliated with the AFA.

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