Friday, December 27, 2019

Runway Excursion: Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N419SP; accident occurred August 23, 2018 at Harford County Airport (0W3), Churchville, Maryland

View of damaged right wing lift strut and right horizontal stabilizer. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Glen Burnie, Maryland

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Churchville, MD
Accident Number: GAA18CA505
Date & Time: 08/23/2018, 1100 EDT
Registration: N419SP
Aircraft:Cessna 172 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during landing, on short final, he "corrected the approach with a crab for a crosswind landing," and the airplane touchdown on the 1st third of the runway "slightly fast" and left of runway centerline. During the landing roll, the airplane gradually veered left and exited the runway. The pilot applied full power and initiated a go around, but the airplane continued left and struck a power box.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing lift strut and right horizontal stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on an airport about 6 nm away, reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from variable° at 4 knots. The pilot reported that the wind was from the north, about 10-15 knots. The airplane landed on runway 28.

As requested, the pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Remote
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/09/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 503 hours (Total, all aircraft), 350 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N419SP
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 172S8350
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: IO360 SER A&C
Registered Owner: C K Leasing Services Llc
Rated Power:
Operator: C K Leasing Services Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAPG, 57 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1459 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 165°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Churchville, MD (0W3)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Churchville, MD (0W3)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 408 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2000 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 39.566944, -76.202500 (est)


  1. yet another beautiful Skyhawk wrecked....

  2. Can't say I've ever considered a 172 "beautiful"- Practical for sure.

  3. any flying machine that puts air between my a$$ and the ground is beautiful; yes, even a 172 :-)

  4. Of all of the planes I have owned ... Lower and much higher performanced... The 172 is the only one I miss .... Beauty in the eye of the beholder I guess.

  5. We had one 172. Beautiful plane... the 172 has always been a good aircraft.

  6. I learned how to fly in a 172 and later bought 1/3 ownership in a 2001 172S with two airline pilot friends which I kept for many years. It's certainly no ugly duckling but it doesn't draw eyes either on the ramp unlike say a Cirrus. I always considered the Skyhawk as the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme of the GA community: not eye turning nor exciting to fly, but the trade off is easy low maintenance ownership with low insurance rates and it still gets the job done.

    The newer S-model we had upgraded to the O-360 fuel injected 180hp which helped with payload and climb performance over the older model 160hp O-320 variants - 150 pounds more payload capacity than the P-model I trained in. Speed wise, the wing was modified to favor climb performance over cruise speed, so it's not much faster than the 160hp variants.

    So the point being: the 172 is not an Oscar award winner in all categories as no aircraft is. However, it does what it was designed to do well and a reason it still looks the same after over a half century of production. Beauty is in the eye of the yoke holder.