Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, registered to IFR Flyers LLC and operated by the pilot, N3973L: Accident occurred October 27, 2018 in Houston, Texas

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3973L

Location: Houston, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA015
Date & Time: 10/27/2018, 0915 CDT
Registration: N3973L
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 27, 2018, about 0915 central daylight time, a Cessna 172 G airplane, N3973L, impacted a creek near Houston, Texas, during a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The commercial pilot and two passengers were uninjured. The airplane sustained wing damage during the forced landing. The airplane was registered to IFR Flyers LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the West Houston Airport, near Houston, Texas.

At 0915, the recorded weather at the Houston Executive Airport, near Houston, Texas, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 18° C; dew point 16° C; altimeter 30.10 inches of mercury.

At 0853, the recorded weather at the David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, near Houston, Texas, was: Wind calm; visibility 9 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 15° C; dew point 15° C; altimeter 30.08 inches of mercury.

At 0853, the recorded weather at the Sugar Land Regional Airport, near Houston, Texas, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 16° C; dew point 14° C; altimeter 30.08 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N3973L
Model/Series: 172 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTME, 168 ft msl
Observation Time: 0915 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Houston, TX (IWS)
Destination: Houston, TX (IWS) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.823611, -95.675556 (est)

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