Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Cessna 172M, N92131: Incident occurred September 08, 2019 at Simsbury Airport (4B9), Hartford County, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley

Aircraft landed and went off end of runway and struck a fence.

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Date: 08-SEP-19
Time: 18:24:00Z
Regis#: N92131
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A small plane went off the runway at Simsbury Airport at about 2 p.m. Sunday. Though the mishap caused considerable damage to the plane, no injuries were reported.

Airport Manager Bradford Griswold said that the Cessna 172M was carrying only one occupant.

After leaving the runway, the plane continued 50 to 60 feet into a grassy area and struck a fence with its propeller, according to Fire Chief James Baldis, of the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department.

Responders were able to pull the plane back onto the runway and towed it into the hangar, Baldis said.

Because of the collision between the fence and the propeller, the plane’s engine will now have to undergo a full teardown before it can be deemed airworthy, Griswold said.

The crash did not cause any fuel leakage or fire, Griswold said. However, about a dozen firefighters from the Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

Immediately following the collision, the runway was briefly closed. It was reopened at 3:30 p.m., Griswold said.

“To allow the emergency workers to safely inspect the area and eventually recover the aircraft, we closed the runway temporarily,” Griswold said.

The airport, which sits at 94 Wolcott Road and straddles the towns of Simsbury and East Granby, is run by the nonprofit group Simsbury Flying Club, according to the airport’s website.

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