Sunday, January 12, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N739RT; accident occurred September 23, 2019 at Plant City Airport (KPCM), Hillsborough County, Florida

View of the airplane in a drainage culvert, resting in a nose down, right wing low position. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Plant City, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA580
Date & Time: 09/23/2019, 0920 EDT
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

***This report was modified on January 9, 2020. Please see the docket for this accident to view the original report.***

The student pilot reported that during a solo flight in the pattern, the airplane encountered a "moderate wind," from the left during landing. The pilot corrected with right rudder application and the airplane touched down on the right side of the runway centerline. The student pilot retracted the flaps to perform a touch and go, and increased engine power to abort the landing. When the pilot increased the engine power, the airplane veered to the left and exited the runway. The airplane impacted a drainage culvert where it came to rest.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing spar.

The airport's METAR reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 10° at 5 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 10.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 18, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/19/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 45 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 10 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 45 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N739RT
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17270751
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/18/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 10439.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Registered Owner: Bartow Municipal Airport Development Authority
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Bartow Municipal Airport Development Authority
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: KPCM, 154 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1315 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 245°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 10°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lakeland, FL (LAL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Plant City, FL (PCM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0906 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Plant City (PCM)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 152 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 10
IFR Approach:None
Runway Length/Width: 3950 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

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: 28.000278, -82.163333 (est)

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