Friday, November 30, 2018

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N54058: Accident occurred November 28, 2018 near Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA085
Date & Time: 11/28/2018, 1230 EST
Registration: N54058
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

The pilot reported that, before the flight he was rushed and did not follow the preflight checklist. During the near maximum gross weight takeoff, he noticed the acceleration was slow, but the airspeed was sufficient. He applied elevator back pressure to rotate, but immediately noticed the control lock was still in place on the yoke and attempted to remove it to no avail. He added that he does not recall trying to abort the takeoff or reduce power. The airplane overran the end of the runway, impacted water, and inverted before sinking.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 653.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 391.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 609.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 217.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 89.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N54058
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17274863
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D2J
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: KSPG, 8 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1745 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: St. Petersburg, FL (SPG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: St. Petersburg, FL (SPG)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1230 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2864 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.765000, -82.626667 (est)

Good Samaritans, Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg and United States Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg rescue 4 after plane crashes near Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg. A 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg was diverted and arrived on scene within minutes. Good Samaritans hoisted all four aboard their boat and transferred them to RB-S crew. The four were transported to Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg where EMS was waiting. No life threatening injuries reported.

United States Coast Guard Southeast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A small aircraft crashed Wednesday afternoon in the water near Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg.

The Coast Guard rescued four occupants from the water.

A local emergency official said the people involved in the crash are being treated. According to the Coast Guard, their injuries are minor.

Albert Whitted Airport is owned and operated by the city.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft is registered to St. Pete Aviation Services LLC, which offers flight training and rentals.

Original article can be found here ➤

ST. PETERSBURG — A small airplane crashed in the waters off St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport on Wednesday, rescue crews said.

The single-engine plane, believed to be a Cessna 172, went down just after 12:30 p.m., according to the U.S. Coast Guard's St. Petersburg sector. Petty officers Jeremy Buchanan and Aaron Massey were already out on the water conducting training exercises when they said they noticed a large splash just off the airport's runway about 100 yards off shore, near the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.

A local boater took notice, too, and was the first to reach the site of the crash. He and about 3 others who were fishing that morning managed to pluck all four of the plane's passengers from the water, Massey said. The passengers, all men, were then transferred to the Coast Guard crew's rescue boat, he said.

It all happened so quickly nobody managed to catch the rescuers names.

"They were shaken up as you would be surviving a plane crash, but they were extremely grateful," Buchanan said.

Authorities are still unsure what caused the crash but the Coast Guard crew said they believe it was attempting to take off from the airport. All were taken to a nearby Coast Guard base where they were treated for their injuries. One passenger was taken to Bayfront Health's St. Petersburg hospital, but was transported as a "non-emergency patient," St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Steve Lawrence said.

The plane was left behind and by Wednesday afternoon was sinking into Tampa Bay, about 100 yards off the shoreline.

Original article can be found here ➤

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A small plane from a local flight school landed in the water near Albert Whitted Airport in St. Pete Wednesday afternoon.

Good Samaritans and the Coast Guard helped rescue four people from the plane. The Good Samaritans helped get all four people out of the plane and into their boat and then transferred them to the Coast Guard Response Boat minutes later. 

Three of the people on board refused medical treatment and the fourth person has been taken to the hospital. There were no life-threatening injuries reported, according to the Coast Guard. 

City of St. Petersburg spokesperson Ben Kirby says the condition of the person taken to the hospital has not been released. It is currently unknown what flight school was involved. 

Action Air 1 flew over the scene and the plane was no longer visible in the water. 

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. 4 people in a 172 was asking for trouble. Glad they are okay.