Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N996SB, accident occurred October 14, 2018 at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (KLZU), Lawrenceville, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Accident Number: GAA19CA020
Date & Time: 10/14/2018, 1230 EDT
Registration: N996SB
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that the student pilot's approach angle was too shallow. The student applied forward pressure to the yoke and the airplane's nose pitched down.

The instructor recalled that the student's pitch application was excessive, and he called for a transfer of the flight controls. However, the student remained on the controls and the instructor had to overpower the student's control inputs while the airplane was in a 45° nose down attitude.

The airplane landed hard in a level attitude, and the nose landing gear collapsed. A fire erupted in the cabin and the instructor used the fire extinguisher to attempt to extinguish the fire. Subsequently, the airplane slid to a stop on the runway, and both occupants exited as the fire consumed the cabin.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the cabin and the wings.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/02/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3006 hours (Total, all aircraft), 654 hours (Total, this make and model), 2955 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 53 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: None
Age: 26, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4 hours (Total, this make and model), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N996SB
Model/Series: 172 K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17258251
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/04/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 10896 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Registered Owner: Skyfusion II Llc.
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Skyfusion II Llc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLZU, 1061 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1648 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 348°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction: 70°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Atlanta, GA (PDK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Atlanta, GA (PDK)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Gwinnett County - Briscoe Fiel (LZU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1061 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 07
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.978056, -83.962500 (est)

A flight instructor and student were involved in a single-engine plane crash Sunday at Gwinnett County Briscoe Field. According to fire officials, both people were able to exit the plane before it caught fire a little after 12:30 p.m.

The Cessna 172K Skyhawk was reportedly performing touch-and-go maneuvers at Briscoe Field for training when it experienced a hard landing. Personnel at the airport tower said no distress calls were made, but after the landing the plane caught fire.

Fire officials said the two occupants were a safe distance away from the plane when it caught fire on Runway 7.

Justin Wilson, a spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said a fire attack hose line with foam was quickly deployed to suppress the flames and bring the fire under control. Wilson said that after the fire was completely extinguished, members of the Hazardous Materials Response Team checked the surrounding area for any runoff concerns and found readings to be negative.

Officials said the aircraft, which reportedly operates out of Peachtree DeKalb Airport, is considered a complete loss and is awaiting a clean-up crew for removal. Wilson said one passenger was evaluated and released at the scene by paramedics and the other passenger denied any injuries.

According to officials, during the incident the Airport Authority at Briscoe Field closed the runway but other airport operations were not affected. The FAA and NTSB were notified of the incident and the aircraft was released to the Airport Authority for removal. An inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration is responding to evaluate the wreckage.

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1 comment:

  1. This accident occurred during landing. The student and instructor had done several touch and goes per eyewitnesses at KLZU.