Saturday, February 02, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N670CS; accident occurred January 29, 2019 at Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Douglas County, Nevada

View of damaged lower fuselage.
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Reno, NV
Accident Number: GAA19CA113
Date & Time: 01/29/2019, 0930 PST
Registration: N670CS
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The solo student pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, about 65 knots, he applied aft pressure on the control yoke, the airplane started to shake. The airplane continued to shake as he applied more aft pressure, so he rejected the takeoff. As he reduced power and released the pressure on the control yoke, the airplane veered right but he overcorrected and the airplane veered left, right, then again left. The airplane exited the runway and impacted a ditch.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/23/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 32 hours (Total, all aircraft), 32 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N670CS
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 172S9098
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/24/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4426 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Registered Owner: Flying Start Aero Services, LLC
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Flying Start Aero Services, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMEV, 4726 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 171°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Reno, NV (RNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Reno, NV (MEV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0845 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Minden-Tahoe (MEV)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4723 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 7399 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.000556, -119.751111 (est)

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