Friday, September 13, 2019

Nose Over: Cessna 172F Skyhawk, N5229F; accident occurred September 12, 2019 near Hemet-Ryan Airport (KHMT), Riverside County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hemet, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA544
Date & Time: 09/12/2019, 1520 PDT
Registration: N5229F
Aircraft: Cessna 172F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:Public Aircraft  

The flight instructor reported that, during landing, he directed the student pilot to initiate a go-around. During the climb, the instructor saw dust devils at the end of the runway, so he instructed the student to also initiate a slight left turn. The instructor then noticed power lines past the dust devils, so he decided to take the controls from the student and continued a shallow, 200 ft-per-minute climbing left turn to the south. While in the turn, the instructor saw other high-tension power lines to the south, so he decided to initiate a precautionary soft field landing to a plowed field adjacent to the runway. During landing, the nose landing gear touched down and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing lift strut and vertical stabilizer.

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

An automated weather observation station, about 20 minutes before the accident, about 15 nautical miles north from the accident site, reported the wind was 310° at 6 knots, temperature of 97ºF, altimeter setting of 29.93. The calculated density altitude was about 4,237 ft. According to the Federal Aviation Administration density altitude Koch Chart, the airplane would have likely experienced about a 37% decrease to the normal climb rate, and about a 55% increase to the normal takeoff distance. The pilot reported that the wind was 140º at 6 knots. The airplane departed from runway 23. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter; Unmanned (sUAS)
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):  Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Helicopter; Instrument Airplane; Instrument Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/06/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 11497 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1000 hours (Total, this make and model), 8370 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 99 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/05/2019
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 42 hours (Total, all aircraft), 42 hours (Total, this make and model), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5229F
Model/Series: 172F A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17253280
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/31/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 10542 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300-D
Registered Owner: United States Air Force Owner
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: United States Air Force Owner
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRIV, 1536 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2258 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 311°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Riverside, CA (RIV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Military VFR
Destination: Hemet, CA (HMT)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1443 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Hemet-Ryan (HMT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1514 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4315 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Precautionary Landing; Traffic Pattern

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: 33.727778, -117.030556 (est)

HEMET — Minor injuries have been reported after a US Air Force plane based out of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley crashed at Hemet-Ryan Airport this afternoon, Thursday,  Sept. 12. Two occupants managed to walk away from today’s crash, which left the plane upside down in a dirt field south of W. Stetson Ave. and east of Warren Rd., according to witnesses and officials.

City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments, along with AMR and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene of this afternoon’s crash around 3:20 p.m., after receiving multiple reports of a plane that possibly crashed and overturned at the airport, Hemet Police Cpt. Glen Brock told RCNS in response to an email request for information and details about the accident.

Official radio traffic at the time indicated that at about the same time the crash was reported, emergency dispatchers had begun to receive reports about a missing military aircraft and the first officer to arrive at the scene confirmed the plane had military markings on it.

“When officers arrived they discovered a plane down in a dirt field,” the Cpt. explained; saying, “The only damage was to the plane and the occupants sustained minor injuries.”

Officials raced to the scene of today’s crash after it was reported that a US Air Force plane had crashed at Hemet-Ryan Airport. Hemet Valley Incidents photo

Brock and FAA registry records confirmed the plane – a 1965 Cessna 172F single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft, and had US AIR FORCE clearly marked on its sides – is registered to the United States Air Force out of March Air Reserve Base. Sources indicate the type of plane involved in the crash was and still is typically used for training purposes.

After the crash as emergency crews raced to the scene, two men could be seen self-extricating from the overturned aircraft and then removing various items from inside the cockpit. The men appeared OK, but were evaluated at the scene by paramedics and later reported to have suffered unspecified but minor injuries.

It was not immediately known if the plane was being actively used by the Air Force or if it was from the March Field Air Museum, but a check of the museum’s featured planes did not list the small aircraft as one of theirs. Calls to the museum went unanswered.

One person familiar with the crash later reported to RCNS the plane belonged to the Aero Club at March Air Reserve Base, which offers flight training and other services. Their website indicated they do offer the use of at least three Cessna 172’s for training purposes; however, calls to that organization for confirmation also went unanswered.

Witnesses from the scene later reported it appeared the plane had tried landing at the airport but overshot the runway; before going into a dirt field, where the aircraft’s wheels dug into the soft soil causing the plane to flip over. It was not immediately known if the plane had suffered an air emergency or malfunction leading to the rough landing.

“The events surrounding the accident are under investigation,” Brock advised.

As of this report, military, Federal Aviation Administration, and National Transportation Safety Board personnel were headed to the scene, but had not yet arrived.

Several streets surrounding the area of the crash have been temporarily shut down as of this report and officials have asked that the public stay away from the scene.

Original article ➤

Two people had to pull themselves out of a plane that crashed while attempting an emergency landing near Hemet-Ryan Airport, a fire official said Thursday afternoon.

It happened about 3:30 p.m., Hemet Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Kuhlman said.

According to Kuhlman, a U.S. Air Force single-engine plane flying out of March Air Reserve Base began experiencing a mechanical issue while approaching Hemet-Ryan, and the pilot tried to set down in a dirt field southwest of the airport.

The plane was able to stay upright on its landing gear for about 200 feet after it touched down, Kuhlman said, but nose-dived when it reached a section of the field where the soil was particularly soft and ended up on its roof.

One of the plane’s two occupants sustained a laceration to an elbow, but both escaped serious injuries and were able to get out of the plane before firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene. Neither was hospitalized.

The U.S. Air Force was not immediately available for comment.

Original article can be found here ➤

A single-engine plane crashed off the end of a runway at Hemet-Ryan Airport Thursday, but the two occupants apparently escaped uninjured.

The crash happened about 3:20 p.m. at the end of Runway 23, near the intersection of Stetson Avenue and Warren Road, according to the Hemet Fire Department.

Officials did not immediately know whether the two-seat plane was departing or landing when the accident happened.

A Hemet fire captain at the scene said the aircraft plowed into the ground nose-first, coming to a stop in the dirt on the edge of the airport perimeter. No one on the ground was hurt.

Cal Fire air tanker and helicopter crews are based at the airfield, which is operated by the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, and the state personnel went to the crash site to assist the pilot and passenger, who were walking around the damaged aircraft by the time Hemet firefighters arrived, according to reports from the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately respond to requests for information about the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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