Monday, February 11, 2019

Cessna 172E Skyhawk, N7414N: Accident occurred February 10, 2019 in Lignum, Culpeper 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 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lignum, VA
Accident Number: ERA19TA098
Date & Time: 02/10/2019, 1607 EST
Registration: N7414N
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

damaged during a forced landing in Lignum, Virginia. The flight instructor and front seat student pilot were not injured, and the rear seat student pilot received minor injuries. The local instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 091. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed.

According to the flight instructor, the flight departed the Warrenton Fauquier Airport (HWY), Warrenton, Virginia, about 1541, with 15 gallons of fuel in each wing tank. About 30 minutes after takeoff, after performing clearing turns, steep turns, and slow flight, the instructor set up and performed a power off stall with both her and the student at the controls. After demonstrating the slow flight condition at an altitude of 3,000 ft mean sea level (MSL), with the flaps extended to 30 degrees, the carburetor heat on and the mixture set to full rich, the instructor moved the throttle to idle, descended for a few seconds, and then pulled back on the control yoke to perform the stall maneuver. After the stall, just as the throttle was moved t o the full power position, the engine failed to respond. The flight instructor confirmed via the tachometer that the engine was not producing power and took control of the airplane. She selected a field for landing and performed the engine failure checklist. She attempted to restart the engine twice but was unsuccessful. As she approached the field for landing, she determined that it would not be suitable due to standing water in the field, and instead chose to land on a rural highway . Shortly after landing, the right wing struck a telephone pole, the airplane turned 90 degrees to the right, and the left wingtip struck the ground.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that all major components of the airplane were present at the accident site. The right wing was bent upward outboard of the wing strut, with leading edge damage forward of the aileron. The left wing was substantially damaged and bent upward outboard of the aileron. The fuselage was buckled on the right side at the right wing root area. Fuel with a blue tint was present in both the left and right fuel tanks and the gascolator. The throttle, mixture and carburetor heat controls were intact and continuous from the cockpit controls to the engine. Fluid could be heard flowing as the throttle was moved forward, consistent with the accelerator pump operating. The primer operated normally with no leaks observed. The carburetor heat actuator and door moved freely, and all ductwork from the exhaust to the carburetor was intact. On the following day the FAA inspector successfully started and operated the engine which remained installed in the airplane with the complete fuel system (and remaining fuel) still intact. He operated the engine through the normal runup procedure and up to full power, with no anomalies noted.

According to aircraft maintenance records, the most recent annual inspection of the engine was performed on August 8, 2018, at which time the engine had accrued 1733 hours since overhaul. The airplane flew about 34 hours since that inspection.

The flight instructor reported 923 hours of total flight experience, of which 715 were in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

The 1615 weather conditions reported at the Culpepper Regional Airport (CJR), Culpepper, Virginia, located 8 miles southwest of the accident site at an elevation of 316 feet MSL, included temperature 4° Celsius, dew point -11° Celsius, and overcast skies at 11,0000 feet, visibility 10 miles .

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7414N
Model/Series: 172 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Airport Services Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCJR, 316 ft msl
Observation Time: 1615 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 11000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.48 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Warrenton, VA (HWY)
Destination: Warrenton, VA (HWY)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.397500, -77.806667 (est)

Three people escaped injury when their single-engine airplane made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon on State Route 3 in Culpeper County.

Virginia State Police Trooper W.C. Beard responded to reports of a plane crash at 4:05 p.m., according to a state police news release.

The plane’s engine failed after it took off from the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, the release said. 

The pilot made an emergency landing on Route 3 just under a mile east of State Route 788 and then struck a utility pole. The impact also caused the aircraft to strike a fence.

The pilot, Hyunju V. Ko, 47, of Gainesville, was not injured. Two juvenile passengers also were uninjured.

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