Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N13SK: Incident occurred September 30, 2018 near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Broward County, Florida and Accident occurred July 16, 2014 in Rockville, Parke County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

September 30, 2018: Landed on a road.


https://registry.faa.gov/N13SK


Date: 30-SEP-18

Time: 09:58:00Z
Regis#: N13SK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA







What could have been a fiery plane crash instead became a safe landing in the middle of a road Sunday morning.

Just before 6 a.m., Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue got a call about a Cessna Skyhawk that lost power as it approached Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.


The plane was near the end of its three-hour flight from southern Georgia when the pilot, who has not been identified, reported hearing the engine sputter mid-flight.


Two people, including the pilot, were aboard the four-seat plane at the time.


“It stalled on approach,” said fire rescue spokesman Stephen Gollan. “Our biggest concern was that it was a very populated area.”


But rather than crashing, the pilot steered the plane, which has a nearly 36-foot wingspan, onto a nearly 90-foot-wide road about one mile from the airport.


No one was injured, according to fire rescue officials.


“If you didn’t have a pilot that wasn’t as knowledgeable as this person was, it’s very possible that this outcome would have been completely different,” Gollan said.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.sun-sentinel.com


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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: Rockville, IN
Accident Number: CEN14LA374
Date & Time: 07/16/2014, 1450 EDT
Registration: N13SK
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that the engine experienced a partial loss of power while the airplane was in cruise flight. After the pilot unsuccessfully attempted to restore engine power, he made a forced landing to a cornfield. Postaccident examination of the dual magneto system revealed that the four screws designed to hold the magneto points in their operational positions were loose, which caused both magneto points to remain in the closed position as the center cam was rotated and likely resulted in the partial loss of engine power. Airplane maintenance records indicated that the airplane had been flown 8 hours since its last annual inspection about 5 1/2 months before the accident. No further information about the maintenance was available.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A partial loss of engine power due to a failure of the dual magneto system. Contributing to the accident was the improper maintenance of the duel magneto system.

Findings

Aircraft
Magneto/distributor - Failure (Cause)
Magneto/distributor - Incorrect service/maintenance (Factor)

Personnel issues
Scheduled/routine maintenance - Maintenance personnel (Factor)

Factual Information

On July 16, 2014, about 1450 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172N airplane, N13SK, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Rockville, Indiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight departed from a private airport near Rockville, Indiana about 1400.

According to the pilot, the engine lost partial power while in cruise flight. The pilot attempted to restore engine power by applying carburetor heat and checking the mixture and fuel selector positions, but engine performance continued to worsen. The pilot performed a forced landing into a corn field, during which both wings were damaged.

During examination of the engine, both points of the single drive/dual magneto system would not open; as the center cam was rotated to the 'points open' position, both points remained closed. Further examination revealed that four screws designed to hold the magneto points in their operational position had become loose. Two of the loose screws did not have any torque paint on them; torque paint for the other two loose screws was missing from the screw slot.

Aircraft records indicted the airplane had flown eight hours since its last annual inspection on February 3, 2014. The investigation was not able to interview the mechanic who performed this annual inspection and recent maintenance on the airplane.

History of Flight

Enroute
Powerplant sys/comp malf/fail

Landing
Hard landing (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 64
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/05/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/07/2013
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 1000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 250 hours (Total, this make and model), 1000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N13SK
Model/Series: 172N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17271183
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/13/2014, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2307 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 8 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5613 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 0-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: HOPKINS JACK E
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: HOPKINS JACK E
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPRG, 654 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1450 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 176°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rockville, IN (Priv)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rockville, IN
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 EDT
Type of Airspace:

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:  39.796111, -87.676944 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN14LA374   
4 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Rockville, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N13SK
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On July 16, 2014, about 1450 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N13SK, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Rockville, Indiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight departed from a private airport near Rockville, Indiana about 1400.


According to the pilot, the engine experienced a loss of power while in cruise flight. The pilot attempted to restore engine power by checking carburetor heat, mixture, and fuel selector positions, but engine performance continued to worsen. A forced landing was performed into a corn field, during which both wings were substantially damaged.

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