Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N73707; accident occurred January 20, 2020 at Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon


















Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N73707

Location: Sun River, OR
Accident Number: WPR20CA071
Date & Time: 01/20/2020, 1225 PDT
Registration: N73707
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that after an uneventful cross-country flight, the airplane landed smoothly onto the runway and started to veer left. The pilot added right rudder and despite his actions the airplane continued to veer left. He aborted the landing by applying full engine power, continued to apply the right rudder, but the airplane collided with a snowbank on the left side of the runway and nosed over. The pilot reported that the runway was coated in icy patches.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and vertical stabilizer.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/26/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/18/2019
Flight Time:  152 hours (Total, all aircraft), 151 hours (Total, this make and model), 108 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N73707
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17267620
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/11/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 12 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9712 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: Leading Edge Aviation, Inc.
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Leading Edge Aviation, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KS21, 4164 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1930 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 28°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 8000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bend, OR (BDN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Sun River, OR (S21)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 2005 UTC
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Sunriver (S21)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4163 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Ice; Wet
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5461 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.875556, -121.453333 (est)


SUNRIVER — A small airplane crashed Monday at the Sunriver Airport, but the pilot and passenger, both from Bend, were uninjured and walked away from the crash.

The pilot was a student with Leading Edge Flight Academy, said Brandon Wright, the Sunriver Airport manager. He said he did not know whether the passenger was also a student.

“He tried to land here and had some issues,” Wright said.

Wright said he did not know the name of the pilot.

A report of the crash came in at about 12:40 p.m. The plane, a Cessna 172, could be seen upside-down next to the icy runway at the airport. Sunriver Police Department said the crash occurred as the plane was landing.

The airport closed shortly after the incident, but reopened around 3 p.m.

Only a small fuel leak was reported, but was contained shortly after the crash, Wright said.

Story and video ➤ https://www.bendbulletin.com



SUNRIVER, Oregon (KTVZ) — Two licensed pilots on a training flight escaped injury Monday afternoon in the crash of a small plane that was landing at Sunriver Airport, officials said.

The crash, reported around 12:40 p.m., left the single-engine plane on its top in the snow beside the runway at the resort’s airport, Sunriver Fire Department officials said.

The crash led to a small fuel leak that was contained.

The Cessna 172, which received its airworthiness certificate in 1976, is registered to Leading Edge Aviation, a pilot training facility located at Bend Airport, according to FAA records.

Officials told NewsChannel 21 on scene that the pilot apparently was attempting a left-turn maneuver shortly before landing, was unable to re-correct and landed in the snow bank beside the runway, where the plane flipped over, sustaining considerable damage to its wings.

The airport was closed after the crash, while crews worked to remove the plane from the snow bank. It reopened around 3 p.m.

Jack Walker, executive vice president of Leading Edge, said their investigation is just starting but that “our main concern is, he’s safe, the passenger is safe.” 

Walker said both are Bend residents and licensed pilots who were on a training flight. “The plane is in Sunriver until further notice, he added.

Story and video ➤ https://ktvz.com

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