Thursday, December 26, 2019

Cessna 172F, N5406R: Accident occurred December 18, 2019 at Cincinnati West Airport (I67), Harrison, Hamilton County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Harrison, OH
Accident Number: CEN20LA043
Date & Time: 12/18/2019, 1910 EST
Registration: N5406R 
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On December 18, 2019, about 1910 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N5406R, impacted trees and a fence during a forced landing following a loss of engine power at the Cincinnati West Airport (I67), Harrison, Ohio. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the flight instructor as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from I67 about 1730.

The flight instructor and pilot were conducting instrument training at the time of the accident. The pilot had initiated a missed approach following a practice instrument approach to runway 19 at I67. During the climb out, the flight instructor simulated an engine failure. The pilot responded by entering a power-off approach to runway 1. About 200 ft above ground level, the flight instructor advanced the throttle in order to clear the engine; however, the engine had stopped producing power. The flight instructor took control of the airplane from the pilot at that time. The airplane struck trees during the approach before landing safely on the runway. After inspecting the airplane on the runway and observing no damage to the landing gear or propeller, the flight instructor started the engine and taxied to the hangar.

An examination of the runway environment by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors indicated that the airplane struck trees and a 3-ft high wire fence about 400 ft short of the runway 1 displaced threshold. A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the outboard portion of the left wing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5406R
Model/Series: 172 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: I67, 584 ft msl
Observation Time: 1915 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -5°C / -10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Harrison, OH (I67)
Destination: Harrison, OH (I67)

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: 39.259167, -84.774444 (est)

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