Sunday, February 23, 2020

Aerodynamic Stall / Spin: Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N1126U; accident occurred February 16, 2020 at Greater Rochester International Airport (KROC), New York

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Location: Rochester, NY
Accident Number: ERA20CA102
Date & Time: 02/16/2020, 1130 EST
Registration: N1126U
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while on approach to landing, the airplane was hard to control, so he elected to troubleshoot the control issue in the air and initiated a go-around. The airplane lifted off the runway and began a climb, but rapidly rolled to the right, then left and impacted terrain. The pilot further described that the right rudder pedal was not functioning properly prior to the flight during taxi and that he had difficulty maintaining directional control during the approach. In addition, the pilot stated he lost directional control due to a rudder anomaly during a flight in the airplane that occurred several weeks prior.

A Federal Aviation Administrator inspector examined the airplane after the accident and confirmed that the airplane's wings had been substantially damaged during the accident. A postaccident examination of the rudder control system revealed no evidence of a pre accident mechanical failure or malfunction that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/21/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:01/14/2020 
Flight Time: 3307 hours (Total, all aircraft), 250 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1126U
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17266855
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/14/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 58 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 14958 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 -E2D
Registered Owner: Schubert Brothers Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Schubert Brothers Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Rochester Air Center
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ROC, 558 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1152 EST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rochester, NY (ROC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rochester, NY (ROC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1040 EST
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Greater Rochester Intl (ROC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 558 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go

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: 43.119167, -77.671944 (est)

Rochester, New York (WHAM) – A small airplane crashed after landing at the Greater Rochester International Airport on February 16th.

At 9:50 a.m., a Cessna 172M Skyhawk bounced and spun around after landing, according to Monroe County Director of Communications Julie Philipp.

The two people on board the plane were uninjured. The plane received damage to the propeller and wings.

The aircraft was operated by the Rochester Air Center at the airport. Commercial traffic was not interrupted, according to Philipp.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. I don't think the wing tips are supposed to look like that.

  2. Any landing you can walk away from....never mind!

  3. This first ever blended winglets on a Cessna 172.

  4. What the heck happened here for a hard landing? Turbulence? Strong crosswind? Depth perception confusion with snow? Incompetence at the controls? We'll find out eventually but almost always these things are pilot error.

  5. Reading the pilot’s description of the accident on youtube, not only was he full of excuses, he (post accident) claimed all kinds of problems during preflight and prior to his takeoff. What a tool.