Monday, March 04, 2019

Loss of Control in Flight: Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N9404F; accident occurred March 02, 2019 at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL), Maricopa County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Accident Number: GAA19CA162
Date & Time: 03/02/2019, 1300 MST
Registration: N9404F
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that, during the landing roll of a touch and go landing, the airplane began to veer off the runway, so he added power for a go around. He called the tower controller to inform them of the go around and he observed the left landing gear strut was bent and the tire was "missing." He told the controller that he must have hit something and was instructed to fly by the tower. After the flyby, the tower controller confirmed damage to the left landing gear and cleared him to land. The student landed and, during the landing roll, the airplane skidded off the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left horizontal stabilizer and left elevator.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 7 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 320° at 8 knots. The student pilot was landing the airplane on runway 21.

Examination of security videos revealed that, during the first landing and go around, the airplane drifted to the left and the left main landing gear struck a runway sign.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 36, 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 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/26/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 9.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 9.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 0.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9404F
Model/Series: 172 R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1997
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17280229
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/11/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9451 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Registered Owner: Longford Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Southwest Flight Center
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSDL, 1473 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 232°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 8000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Rain
Departure Point: Scottsdale, AZ (SDL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Scottsdale, AZ (SDL)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1510 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8249 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 33.626389, -111.905833 (est)

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (FOX 10) - Scottsdale Fire says the airport had to close temporarily after a plane made a belly landing and veered off the runway.

A spokesperson for Scottsdale Fire says the plane reported gear problems upon landing. We're told only one person is believed to have been on board, and they are not reporting any serious injuries. 

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. I earned my private pilot license using N9404F. It was a great little plane.