Monday, August 05, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172F Skyhawk, N424BC; accident occurred August 04, 2019 at Sky Bryce Airport (VG18), Basye, Shenandoah County, Virginia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bayse, VA

Accident Number: GAA19CA486
Date & Time: 08/04/2019, 1400 EDT
Registration: N424BC
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during takeoff initial climb, once above the tree line, he felt as though the airplane encountered, "a strong quartering tailwind." The stall warning horn sounded, and the airplane began to descend to the left. He was able to put the airplane's nose down, and the airplane touched down in the grass area that outlined the left side of the runway surface and bounced. He cut the engine's power and the airplane touched down again in the grass area on the left side of the runway and "went onto the nose-wheel and the left main. The pilot applied right rudder and he was able to steer the airplane back onto the runway and stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that about the time of the accident, the wind at the accident site was calm.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 46, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/15/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/10/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 181 hours (Total, all aircraft), 181 hours (Total, this make and model), 94 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N424BC
Model/Series: 172 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal 
Serial Number: 17252171
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/07/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6191.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300-D
Registered Owner: Pikeside Flying Club Inc
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: Pikeside Flying Club Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KW99, 960 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1755 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 302°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bayse, VA (VG18)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Martinsburg, WV (MRB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Sky Bryce (VG18)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1267 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2240 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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: 38.815278, -78.770833 (est)

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