Saturday, August 03, 2019

Ground Collision: Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N969RR; accident occurred July 17, 2018 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Wheeling, Cook County, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chicago, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA588
Date & Time: 07/17/2018, 0920 CDT
Registration: N969RR
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo student pilot reported that during taxi to the runway, he saw a fuel truck parked in the grass on the left side of the asphalt taxilane. He "assumed that the truck driver had left room for airplanes to get by," however, as the airplane passed the truck, and the left wing struck the rear of the truck.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/31/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 28.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 28.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 0.4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N969RR
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 17275850
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: N969rr Llc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: N969rr Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPWK, 636 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0452 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 340°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chicago, IL (PWK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chicago, IL (PWK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Chicago Executive (PWK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 646 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 42.114167, -87.901667 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Strange part is, the front of the truck is jammed against the left front part of the fuselage just in front of the wing, that.s how the lift strut was damaged