Friday, June 21, 2019

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N64460: Accident occurred June 20, 2019 near Fullerton Municipal Airport (KFUL), Orange County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fullerton, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA176
Date & Time: 06/20/2019, 1716 PDT
Registration: N64460
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On June 20, 2019, at 1716 Pacific daylight time a Cessna 172M, N64460, lost partial engine power during takeoff from Fullerton Municipal Airport (FUL), Fullerton, California. The flight instructor and private pilot were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage during an off-airport forced landing. The airplane was privately owned, and operated by Fun Outside Aviation under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and, no flight plan had been filed.

The flight instructor reported that he planned to perform a flight review of the private pilot, and remain within the traffic pattern. He confirmed prior to departure that both fuel tanks were full, and the engine contained over 5 quarts of oil. The preflight checks and the engine runup did not reveal any anomalies.

After completing one circuit in the traffic pattern, they decided to perform a practice go-around. During the initial takeoff climb of the maneuver, the engine began to lose partial power. The flight instructor took the airplane's controls, and applied carburetor heat. The engine responded for a few seconds, and then power again was lost. With minimal climb performance available, and limited time to perform trouble shooting steps, the instructor decided to land the airplane on a road adjacent to the airport. The airplane sustained damage to the right wing and forward fuselage during the off-airport landing.

Post-accident examination revealed that a section of the carburetor heat butterfly valve seal had broken away from the valve, and partially obscured the air inlet of the carburetor (See Figure 1). The carburetor air box assembly was retained for further examination.

Figure 1 – Carburetor heat valve seal fragment obscuring carburetor air inlet

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N64460
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Fun Outside Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFUL, 96 ft msl
Observation Time: 1700 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fullerton, CA (FUL)
Destination: Fullerton, CA (FUL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  33.870000, -117.990833 (est)

The pilot of the Cessna 172M Skyhawk, Benjamin Dennis, gathers his belongings out of the plane after his plane landed on the street between Commonwealth and Indiana in Fullerton taking off from Fullerton Municipal Airport on June 20th, 2019. 

The pilot of the Cessna 172M Skyhawk, Benjamin Dennis, talks to the fire authorities after his plane landed on the street between Commonwealth and Indiana in Fullerton taking off from Fullerton Municipal Airport on June 20th, 2019. 

Two people were able to walk away from an airplane that made a crash landing along a busy street in Buena Park on Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The mishap was first reported about 5:15 p.m. at Commonwealth Avenue and Indiana Street,  Fullerton Police Department officials said.

The plane has just taken off from nearby Fullerton Municipal Airport, Orange County Fire Authority officials said.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed the Cessna 172M Skyhawk sitting upright on its landing gears near the center divider of Commonwealth Avenue with its right wingtip bent. There were no signs of a fire.

A pilot and passenger aboard the aircraft were able to get themselves out of the plane. They could be seen waiting at the scene and speaking with law enforcement officers.

No injuries were reported on the plane or on the ground, OCFA officials said.

A fuel leak was quickly stopped before the airplane was loaded onto a tow truck and hauled back to Fullerton Municipal Airport.

The single-engine airplane was registered to a Fullerton man and had a valid flight status through February 2021, Federal Aviation Administration records show.

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