Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cessna 172RG Cutlass, N9715B: Accident occurred July 16, 2019 in Ocean City, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ocean City, MD 
Accident Number: ANC19LA034
Date & Time: 07/16/2019, 1815 EDT
Registration: N9715B
Aircraft: Cessna 172RG
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

On July 16, 2019, at about 1815 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172RG airplane, N9715B, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Ocean City, Maryland. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an aerial survey flight when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Reedville Airport (VA98), Reedville, Virginia.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to spot fish in support of a commercial fishing operation. He said that, at 3,000 ft. above the water, and 8 miles offshore, the engine began to shake and lose rpm. In an effort to avoid ditching the airplane in the ocean waters, he navigated to the shoreline and the nearest airport. When it became evident, he was unable to reach the airport, he ditched the airplane in the shallow waters of the ocean surf to avoid bystanders on the beach. The airplane sustained substantial damage to right elevator.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-360 series engine and a detailed engine examination is pending.

The closest weather reporting facility is Ocean City Municipal Airport (KOXB), Ocean City, Maryland. At 1753, a METAR from KOXB was reporting in part: wind, 190° at 8 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; sky condition, clear; temperature, 84° F; dew point 75° F; and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9715B
Model/Series: 172RG 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:
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Reedville, VA (VA98)

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: 38.338889, -75.061667 (est)

A pilot of a small plane landed the aircraft on the waters off a Maryland beach Tuesday but was not hurt, police said.

Trevor H. Deihl, 23, of Reedville, Virginia, told officials he'd been flying his single-engine Cessna 172RG when the plane started having engine problems, Maryland State Police said.

Deihl brought the aircraft down toward the water and skidded for several feet before it stopped off an Ocean City beach.

Deihl was the only person inside and managed to get out. Paramedics treated and released him.

He reportedly had been flying from Reedville to the Ocean City Airport when the engine trouble began. The plane has been recovered, and the Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident.

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