Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cessna 120, N3886V: Accident occurred July 13, 2019 at The Farm Airport (24SC), Summit, Lexington County, South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; West Columbia, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Summit, SC
Accident Number: ERA19LA226
Date & Time: 07/13/2019, 1145 EDT
Registration: N3886V
Aircraft: Cessna 120
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 13, 2019, about 1145 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 120, N3886V, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at The Farm Airport (24SC), Summit, South Carolina. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was privately owned and was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated 45 minutes earlier from 24SC.

The pilot stated that he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane which included a check of the wing fuel tanks and fuel strainer for water; none was found. He departed with an adequate supply of fuel and after takeoff performed maneuvers and slow flight at 4,500 ft mean sea level. After about 30 minutes, he switched the fuel selector to the left tank, and then returned to 24SC to perform touch-and-go landings. While descending he cleared the engine by increasing power to between 2,200 and 2,300 rpm, and while descending and on approach, when the engine was below 1,200 rpm, he applied carburetor heat. After touching down on the runway, he pushed carburetor heat off and applied full throttle. The engine felt and sounded like it was producing full power, and after a short ground roll the airplane lifted off and started a normal climb. About 40-50 ft above ground level, the engine lost power and he slipped the airplane to lose altitude and land on the runway. During roll out while braking the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3886V
Model/Series: 120 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: CAE, 236 ft msl
Observation Time: 1156 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Summit, SC (24SC)
Destination: Summit, SC (24SC)

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: 33.935833, -81.430833 (est)

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