Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Loss of Control in Flight: Cessna 172N, N738VK; accident occurred November 12, 2018 at Piseco Airport (K09), Hamilton County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Piseco, NY
Accident Number: GAA19CA058
Date & Time: 11/12/2018, 1300 EST
Registration: N738VK
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while landing on a snow plowed airport, during the touchdown, the airplane "slipped sideways" and a wheel struck a snow pile, which oriented his heading "to the left side of the runway." He then applied full power to go around, but the airplane impacted a grove of trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located on an airport about 40 miles away, reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was 120° at 5 knots. The pilot reported the wind was 290° at 5 knots. The airplane landed on runway 04.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 77, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/25/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1541 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1400 hours (Total, this make and model), 1525 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N738VK
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17270270
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/07/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2138.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 A4M
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KUCA, 744 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 42 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 244°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Schenectady, NY (SCH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Piseco, NY (K09)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1220 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Piseco (K09)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Snow
Airport Elevation: 1703 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Slush covered; Snow
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3016 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 43.453333, -74.515000 (est)

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