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Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Cessna 152, N6553L; accident occurred June 18, 2015 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

Airplane as it came to rest

Airplane as it came to rest as viewed from rear

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: St. Augustine, FL
Accident Number: ERA15LA248
Date & Time: 06/18/2015, 1420 EDT
Registration: N6553L
Aircraft: CESSNA 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On June 18, 2015, about 1420 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N6553L, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power on takeoff from Northeast Florida Regional Airport (SGJ), St. Augustine, Florida. The student pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated by Florida Aviation Career Training as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The flight instructor stated that she and the student pilot had departed SGJ about 40 minutes earlier and practiced maneuvers in the local practice area before returning to the airport for practice takeoffs and landings. During the fourth takeoff, at an altitude about 200 ft above ground level, the engine experienced a partial loss of power. The flight instructor assumed control of the airplane and initiated a left turn to return to the airport. The airplane touched down in a grassy area perpendicular to taxiway Bravo, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane continued across the taxiway, where it came to rest upright.

Photographs provided of the airplane after the accident showed evidence of some fuel spillage on the taxiway; however, the fuel onboard at the time of the accident was not quantified. The airplane was transported to a storage facility, where an engine test run was performed with a replacement carburetor and propeller. There were no anomalies observed during the engine run.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 26, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2014
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/25/2015
Flight Time: 0 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N6553L
Model/Series: 152
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 15284431
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1676 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
Engine Model/Series: O-235 SERIES
Registered Owner: T AND D VENTURES
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: Florida Aviation Career Training
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: KSGJ, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1758 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 235°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 13 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 26°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: St. Augustine, FL (SGJ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: St. Augustine, FL (SGJ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1340 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 10 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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: 29.959167, -81.339722 (est)

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