Friday, October 19, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, operated by Liberty University, N924MM: Accident occurred October 18, 2018 at Lynchburg Regional Airport (KLYH), Campbell County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia
Liberty University; Lynchburg, Virginia 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lynchburg, VA
Accident Number: ERA19LA019
Date & Time: 10/18/2018, 1057 EDT
Registration: N924MM
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On October 18, 2018, about 1057 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172S, N924MM, was substantially damaged following a partial loss of engine power and forced landing after takeoff from Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH), Lynchburg, Virginia. The flight instructor and the student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated by Liberty University under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that was originating at the time of the accident.

The flight instructor, who was in the right, cockpit seat, reported that ground operations were normal, including engine pretakeoff indications. The student performed the takeoff on runway 4. After flap retraction, about 200 feet above the ground, they observed an engine vibration and the airplane shuddered. They noted a decrease in engine RPM with degraded performance. The flight instructor took the controls and noted that the airspeed had dropped to just above stall speed and the stall warning horn sounded. He lowered the airplane's nose to prevent a stall and attempted to land on the intersecting runway 35. The airplane touched down with about 100 feet of runway remaining. Realizing that he could not stop the airplane within the remaining runway, the instructor steered the airplane to the right to avoid a steep drop-off under the extended centerline of the runway. The airplane departed the runway surface and came to a stop in the grass in a nose down position. The pilots egressed the airplane and were met by first responders.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that the outboard portion of the left wing sustained structural damage during the landing. The propeller struck the ground during the event.

The airplane was equipped with a Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck. The unit recorded accident flight parameters including engine performance and the data was provided to the investigation team. The wreckage was retained for additional examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N924MM
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Liberty University
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LYH, 938 ft msl
Observation Time: 1054 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lynchburg, VA (LYH)
Destination: Lynchburg, VA (LYH) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.330000, -79.200000

An airplane owned by Liberty University made an emergency landing at Lynchburg Regional Airport shortly after takeoff, announced Len Stevens, executive director of external communications for the university.

Just before 11 a.m. on Thursday, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk took off from the airport with a student pilot and flight instructor on board (the latter a university employee and LU graduate). The aircraft encountered a problem soon after departing, and the pilot radioed to the control tower, alerting air traffic control to the problem.

The pilot successfully made an emergency landing but was unable to stop the plane before it rolled off the end of the runway and landed nose-down after going over the edge of an embankment past the elevated runway, Stevens added.

“Both occupants of the airplane walked away without a scratch,” Stevens reported. “The NTSB and the FAA have both been notified, and they will be talking over the investigation at this point,” he added.

Original article can be found here ➤

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- UPDATE: Len Stevens, a spokesperson for Liberty University, says a Liberty University Cessna 172S Skyhawk took off when it lost power.

The pilot radioed the tower before flying the plane to a landing and running off the side of the runway, according to Stevens.

There are no reports of injuries in the crash, but the plane was damaged.

The Lynchburg Regional Airport’s emergency services and LUPD have responded.

ORIGINAL STORY:  The Liberty Marketing department confirmed a Liberty owned plane crashed this Thursday morning at the Lynchburg Regional Airport.

Liberty says that the crash occurred from a loss of power as soon as the plane was taking off.

Before crashing, the pilot radioed to the tower that the plane was going off the runway. The plane suffered damages, but there were no fatalities or reported injuries of the pilot.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

Jim B said...

Glad to see the instructor do the right thing and put that nose down and keep flying to the end.

Hats off.