Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Cessna 172H Skyhawk, N1612F: Fatal accident occurred January 06, 2019 in Newborn, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia
Textron; Wichita, Kansas
Continental; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Location: Newborn, GA 
Accident Number: ERA20FA068
Date & Time: 01/06/2020, 1415 EST
Registration: N1612F
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 6, 2020, about 1415 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172H, N1612F, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Newborn, Georgia. The private pilot who owned and operated the airplane, was fatally injured. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Toccoa Airport-RG Letourneau Field (TOC), Toccoa, Georgia, about 1215 and was destined for Cairo-Grady County Airport (70J), Cairo, Georgia.

Witnesses reported that they heard and saw the airplane flying at a low altitude in circles when it suddenly descended into the trees. The airplane was on a heading of about 215° when it struck the top of 75 ft tall pine trees and descended into additional trees and terrain.

Preliminary radar track data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) showed a target correlated to be the accident airplane after departure from TOC. The flight proceeded on a track of about 170° for 15 miles, taking a right turn to about 233° for 5 miles, then turning south again to 190° for an additional 25 miles. About an hour into the flight, the airplane turned west southwest in a meandering track across the ground for about 10 miles, then it made a right turn to the north and completed several left 360° turns, before turning back to the east and completing two additional right 360° turns. The flight proceeded to the north briefly, completing several 360° turns before continuing into thirteen 360° right turns that progressed in an easterly direction until radar contact was lost near the accident site.

According to FAA airmen records, the pilot, age 72, held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot reported civil flight experience that included 344 hours of total flight time and 0 hours in last six months as of his most recent aviation medical exam on November 15, 2013, when he was issued a Second-Class Medical Certificate with a limitation for corrective lenses.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate on September 23, 1967. It was a four seat, externally braced high-wing airplane, that was equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear, and a Continental O-300, 145-horsepower engine that drove a McCauley fixed pitch two-blade metal propeller. The airframe had accumulated 3,806 hours total time and the engine had accumulated 448.0 hours total time since overhaul as of the most recent annual inspection on September 17, 2018.

At 1415, the weather reported at Covington Municipal Airport, (CVC) Atlanta, Georgia located about 11 nautical miles northwest of the accident site, indicated wind from 290° at 5 knots, visibility of 10 statute miles, clear conditions. The temperature and dew point were 16°C and 03°C, respectively, and the altimeter setting was 30.12 inches of mercury.

The airplane impacted dense woods and terrain about, 3 miles east of Newborn, Georgia. The wreckage path was on a magnetic heading of about 215° and it was about 180 ft long. The airplane struck multiple trees as it descended through the woods before striking terrain and coming to rest in an inverted position. Both wings separated during impact and the fuselage was consumed by a post-impact fire. All airframe, control surfaces, and engine components were located at the scene and several smaller pieces of aluminum, plexiglass, wheel fairing, and a door was discovered along the wreckage path among broken tree limbs and branches. The propeller was discovered in the engine impact crater and was sheared off the hub during the impact; it exhibited gradual aft bending and had a few diagonal chordwise scrapes on one of the blades.

The vertical stabilizer, rudder, horizontal stabilator, and trim tab control (neutral) surfaces remained attached and control continuity was confirmed from the surfaces through the cables to the rudder pedals. Elevator control cable continuity was established. Right wing aileron control continuity was confirmed; the control cables and bell cranks remained attached. The control cables sawed through the wing surface during wing separation after impact and breaks in the cables were consistent with tensile overload. Left wing aileron control continuity was confirmed; the control cables and bell cranks remained attached.

The left and right wing fuel tanks was ruptured and thermally damaged. The left fuel cap was secured in place and the right fuel cap was melted but remained attached to the chain that was secured in place.

The left and right flaps and associated actuators were found in the up (stowed) position.

The engine remained largely intact although there was significant thermal damage on the aft section of the engine near the firewall. The spark plugs were removed and examined. They appeared to have minimal wear when compared to the Champion Check-A-Plug chart and did not display any evidence of carbon or lead fouling that would preclude normal operation. Engine thumb compression and suction on all cylinders was confirmed and crankshaft continuity was confirmed from the front to the accessory gear section of the engine through a full 720 degrees of rotation.

All valves, pushrods and springs operated normally, and the crankshaft rotation was smooth, with no noticeable abnormal noise or friction noted. The pistons appeared well lubricated and there was no interior engine damage observed. The number 6 cylinder was removed to facilitate internal engine examination. The piston was unremarkable and appeared well lubricated. The rods and camshaft lobes were clean and free of any anomalies.

The left magneto was internally damaged by thermal and impact forces. The left magneto did not turn or produce spark. The right magneto functioned and produced spark at the terminals. The oil pump remained intact, was well lubricated, and functioned normally. The carburetor and gascolator were damaged by impact forces. The fuel selector switch and valve were not located, however, the area near the fuel selector valve, along with all associated fuel lines was in an area that was exposed to extreme heat.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1612F
Model/Series: 172 H
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CVC, 819 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Toccoa, GA (TOC)
Destination: Cairo, GA (70J) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.494444, -83.642500  

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Lawrence A. McCarter
National Transportation Safety Board
Investigator In Charge

NEWBORN, Georgia — A pilot is dead after a plane crash was reported in Jasper County, Monday.

The crash happened Monday near JH Whitaker Road and Ga. Hwy. 142 near Newborn. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cessna 172H crashed in a wooded area at around 3 p.m.  The Jasper County Sheriff's Office said the plane appeared to be a two-seater.

The FAA said only the pilot was aboard and did not survive. He was identified as Millwood Ashley Dekle, 72, of Tocoaa.

According to a preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane likely took off around 2:15 p.m. from the Toccoa-Stephens County Airport en route to Cairo-Grady County Airport in southern Georgia, just north of the Florida state line. 

A spokesman for the NTSB said several witnesses reported seeing the plane flying low, just above the treetops, before it "sharply descended" into the trees, cutting short the plane's roughly 300-mile journey.

"The airplane struck the tops of the trees, traveled for approximately 150 feet before finally coming to rest, and burned in the process," the spokesman said.

The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the accident, but investigators noted that wind conditions for Monday were clear and calm.

In the next couple days, officials said the plane will be removed and relocated to a facility in Griffin, Georgia where investigators will look further into the cause of the crash, including examining perishable evidence, recovering on-board data and checking the functionality of the plane's parts. The investigation will also look into the pilot's qualifications

While the investigation is ongoing, officials are asking that anyone who may have seen the plane before the crash to contact them at witness@ntsb.gov. 

Story and video: https://www.11alive.com

JASPER COUNTY, Georgia - A small plane crashed down near Newborn, Georgia Monday afternoon, officials said.

The FAA says only the pilot was onboard when the plane crashed.
The FAA tells FOX 5 that the Cessna 172 aircraft crashed in a wooded area around 3 p.m. in Jasper County.

At the time of the crash, only the pilot, identified as 72-year-old Tocoaa resident Millwood Ashley Dekle, was on board. Deakle died in the crash.

Authorities are investigating a plane crash in a wooded area near Newbern, Georgia

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are working to determine the cause of the crash.

The Cessna 172 is described as an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft, that is made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. 


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