Friday, October 25, 2019

Cessna 172N, N1443E: Accident occurred October 24, 2019 in Swea City, Kossuth County, Iowa

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Swea City, IA

Accident Number: CEN20LA014
Date & Time: 10/24/2019, 2115 CDT
Registration: N1443E
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 24, 2019, about 2115 central daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N1443E, conducted a forced la
nding near Swea City, Iowa. The student pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was operated by Iowa Flight Training, and registered to Iowaair, Inc., under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.

The student pilot was conducting a night cross-country flight. He reported that during the flight he noticed that the oil pressure gauge indicated near zero pressure, so he planned to divert back to the airport at Estherville. Shortly afterwards, the engine started shaking and stopped producing full power. The airplane was unable to maintain altitude, so he elected to conduct a forced landing to a field.

An examination of the airplane by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, showed the airplane had impacted a berm during the forced landing, and came to rest inverted.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1443E
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 43.384167, -94.320278 (est)

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