Saturday, February 23, 2019

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N99308: Accident occurred January 20, 2019 in Aguilares, Webb County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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

SkyLens LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N99308

Location: Aguilares, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA063
Date & Time: 01/20/2019, 1335 CST
Registration: N99308
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On January 20, 2019, about 1335 central standard time, a Cessna 172P airplane, N99308, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Aguilares, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The aerial observation flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed about 0906 and was en route to land at the time of the accident.

Due to the government furlough, neither the National Transportation Safety Board, nor the FAA responded to the accident site.

According to a written statement submitted to the FAA, the pilot was conducting aerial photography. The airplane was at an altitude of 5,300 ft mean sea level when the airplane began shaking and the engine rpms dropped to about 900 rpm. The airplane nosed over during the forced landing and both wings and the fuselage were substantially damaged. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N99308
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Skylens Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHBV, 662 ft msl
Observation Time: 1930 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 0.34 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Laredo, TX
Destination: Laredo, TX

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:   (est)

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