Saturday, September 07, 2019

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N212BS: Accident occurred September 02, 2019 at Fayette Regional Air Center Airport (3T5), La Grange, Fayette County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: La Grange, TX

Accident Number: CEN19LA302
Date & Time: 09/02/2019, 1515 CDT
Registration: N212BS
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 2, 2019, about 1515 central daylight time, a Cessna 172S airplane, N212BS, experienced a hard landing at the Fayette Regional Air Center Airport (3T5), La Grange, Texas. The pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Euros Aircraft leasing LLC and operated by Brazos Valley Flight Services under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a student cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.

An initial report from the pilot stated that he did a normal approach to runway 34. During the flare and just before touchdown, a gust of wind came from the right and lifted the airplane. The airplane then landed hard onto the runway. The plane bounced from the impact and then came to a stop. An initial inspection of the airplane noted substantial damage to the firewall and a collapsed nose landing gear.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N212BS
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Euros Aircraft Leasing Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 3T5
Observation Time: 1535 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 38°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: College Station, TX (CLL)
Destination: La Grange, TX (3T5)

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:  29.908333, -96.950000

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