Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, registered to Cannery Leasing LTD and operated by Island Air , N24ME: Accident occurred September 12, 2018 in Roche Harbor, San Juan County, Washington

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N24ME

Location: Roche Harbor, WA
Accident Number: WPR18LA259
Date & Time: 09/12/2018, 0810 PDT
Registration: N24ME
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On September 12, 2018, at 0810 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N24ME, collided with terrain during the takeoff roll from a private grass strip in Roche Harbor, Washington. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Cannery Leasing LTD and operated by Island Air under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was destined for Bellingham International Airport (BLI), Bellingham, Washington.

According to the pilot he had adjusted and secured the seat prior to take off. During the takeoff roll, the seat slipped all the way back and the pilot was not able to reach the throttle or the rudder pedals. The airplane veered to the left and lifted off the ground. The tail and left wing struck the ground and the airplane came to rest on its nose.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site. The FAA inspector reported that the seat moved freely in both directions to each stop with no binding encountered. He further reported that there was proper hole engagement with the seat pin and holes in the seat rail.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N24ME
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Island Air
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: FHR
Observation Time: 0814 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 3 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Roche Harbor, WA (WA09)
Destination: Bellingham, WA (BLI) 

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:

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