Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cessna 172E Skyhawk, N5347T: Accident occurred September 10, 2019 in Grassy Butte, McKenzie County, North Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Grassy Butte, ND

Accident Number: CEN19LA311
Date & Time: 09/10/2019, 1230 CDT
Registration: N5347T
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 10, 2019, about 1230 central daylight time, a Cessna 172, N5347T, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from a road near Grassy Butte, North Dakota. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to (registration expired), and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to local law enforcement and the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot used the airplane to monitor the cattle on his ranch. The pilot stated that he was departing from the road to the north and climbed to about 40 ft above ground level when the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot made a left turn and landed hard in the field parallel to the road. Figure 1 shows the airplane where it came to rest in the field.

Figure 1 – The accident airplane upright in a field 

The FAA inspector completed a preliminary examination of the airplane. He reported that a significant amount of water was found in the carburetor and the airplane's fuel tanks. Also, water was found in the supply fuel tank from which the pilot fueled the airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna

Registration: N5347T
Model/Series: 172 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Glen Myers
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:  KS25, 2110 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Grassy Butte, ND
Destination: Grassy Butte, ND 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 47.378611, -103.589722 (est)

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