Friday, March 22, 2019

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N20521 -and- Cessna 150M, N704VM: Accident occurred March 21, 2019 at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Broward County, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hollywood, Florida 
Accident Number: GAA19CA190
Date & Time: March 21, 2019, 11:00 Local 
Registration: N20521
Aircraft: Cessna 172 A
ircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Ground collision 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The student pilot reported that, after landing, she and the flight instructor requested to taxi back to the runway for traffic pattern practice. They were instructed to taxi to the runway at a taxiway intersection. They complied and lined up behind another aircraft holding short of the runway. She added that, while stopped and waiting for a takeoff clearance, she felt the airplane shake. She turned around and saw that another airplane had struck their airplane's vertical stabilizer and rudder.

The solo student pilot in the other airplane reported that, after landing, during taxi from the runway to parking, he saw an airplane holding short of the runway at a taxiway intersection. He thought there was enough clearance to taxi around the airplane, but his airplane's left wing struck the stopped airplane.

The stopped airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

The student pilot of the stopped airplane and the flight school manager for the taxiing airplane reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with either of the airplanes that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance from the stopped airplane while attempting to taxi around it.


Personnel issues Monitoring other aircraft - Student/instructed pilot
Environmental issues Aircraft - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi-from runway Ground collision (Defining event)

Student pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 19,Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 24, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 26.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 26.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 26.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N20521
Model/Series: 172M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17261359
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 28, 2019 100 hour 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 17819.6 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2D
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 150 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHWO,9 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 280°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft AGL
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 350° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hollywood, FL (HWO) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 8 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.998888,-80.24028(est)

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