Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N4335R: Accident occurred March 30, 2019 at Page Field Airport (KFMY), Fort Myers, Florida (and) Incident occurred May 29, 2017 at Homestead General Aviation Airport (X51), Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

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

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N4335R

Location: Fort Myers, FL
Accident Number: ERA19TA146
Date & Time: 03/30/2019, 2100 EDT
Registration: N4335R
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 30, 2019, about 2100 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172M, N4335R, was substantially damaged during taxi after landing at Page Field (FMY), Fort Myers, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Miami Executive Airport (TMB), Miami, Florida, about 1930.

The pilot stated that while parking on the ramp parking area, a lineperson provided directions to taxi, which led the airplane's left wing to collide with a light pole. The pilot added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane.

The lineperson stated that he was in a parked Avgas truck, next to three Jet A trucks, preparing to drive to a hangar and complete a fueling when he heard the accident airplane taxiing toward him and it appeared that airplane was going to park in front of the three Jet A trucks. The lineperson then exited the truck with wands, was able to get the pilot's attention, and walked north away from the trucks to direct the pilot to a safer parking area. He then signaled for the pilot to taxi toward him, but the airplane moved north – northwest, still toward the trucks, and the engine revved to a high rpm. The lineperson then motioned for the airplane to slow and move away from the trucks; however, the airplane continued to taxi toward the trucks. The lineperson then signaled stop and yelled "stop" several times. The airplane did not stop and its left wing struck a light pole near the Avgas truck.

The airport director of operations reported that he interviewed the pilot after the accident and the pilot could not recall any of the wand signals that he was provided.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the left wing spar. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/02/2019
Flight Time:  126 hours (Total, all aircraft), 109 hours (Total, this make and model), 70 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 103 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 53 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4335R
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17263088
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/29/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 8718 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 E2D
Registered Owner: Pilot Training Center Llc
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Pilot Training Center Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: FMY, 17 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Miami, FL (TMB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fort Myers, FL (FMY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1930 EDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Page Field (FMY)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 17 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
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: 26.586667, -81.863333 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miami, Florida

May 29, 2017:  Aircraft on landing, blew out a tire.

Date: 29-MAY-17

Time: 14:02:00Z
Regis#: N4335R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HOMESTEAD
State: FLORIDA

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