Friday, May 17, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N5788R, accident occurred May 15, 2019 at Wolfe Air Park (3T2), Manvel, Brazoria County, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Manvel, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA267
Date & Time: 05/15/2019, 1300 CDT
Registration: N5788R
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while landing on a wet, grass runway, the airplane suddenly veered to the right. The airplane exited the runway and impacted a water filled drainage ditch. Subsequently, the airplane come to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the aft fuselage, vertical stabilizer, and left wing.

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

The pilot reported that the wind was from 100° at 15 to 17 knots and gusting. An automated weather observation station located 5 miles northeast of the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 090° at 12 knots, gusting to 18 knots. The airplane was landing runway 02.

The airplane owner's manual states, "The maximum allowable crosswind velocity is dependent upon pilot capability rather than airplane limitations. With average pilot technique, direct crosswinds of 15 MPH can be handled with safety." 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/30/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 816 hours (Total, all aircraft), 80 hours (Total, this make and model), 733 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5788R
Model/Series: 172 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17253457
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/15/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4481.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:  C91  installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-300D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLVJ, 44 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 62°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts:  12 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Manvel, TX (3T2)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Manvel, TX (3T2)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1230 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Wolfe Air Park (3T2)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 55 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Wet
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2910 ft / 80 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 29.479167, -95.326667 (est)

MANVEL, Texas - A small plane crashed Wednesday at an airstrip in Manvel south of Houston.

The crash was reported about 2:15 p.m. at the Wolfe Airpark at the corner of Belcher and Frey roads.

According to officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety, preliminary information indicates the Cessna was landing when it flipped.

The pilot was not injured in the crash.

Federal investigators are responding to the scene, according to DPS officials.

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MANVEL, Texas (KTRK) -- Authorities are investigating a small plane crash at a Manvel airport. 

According to a tweet posted by the Department of Public Safety, officers responded to the crash at Wolfe Airpark shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

They say the pilot was not injured during the crash, and believe the 1966 Cessna aircraft flipped over while the pilot was attempting to land. 

The airport is located in Brazoria County, less than five miles from Manvel High School near Highway 6. 

It's unclear what caused the crash. 

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