Monday, February 03, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N739XT; accident occurred January 31, 2020 at Crystal River Airport (KCGC), Citrus County, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Location: Crystal River, FL
Accident Number: ERA20CA093
Date & Time: 01/31/2020, 1405 EST
Registration: N739XT
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, during the preflight inspection for his second solo flight, "the rudder pedals felt as if they had less resistance than normal." While conducting the second taking off, the airplane veered left, he applied right rudder but was unable to regain directional control. The airplane exited the runway to the left, on to the adjacent grass and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the left wing lift strut, and the vertical stabilizer.

A Federal Aviation Administrator inspector who examined the airplane after the accident confirmed flight control continuity and reported no anomalies with the flight controls or brakes. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 22, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/04/2019
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 22.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 22.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 0.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N739XT
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17270895
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/24/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4870 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-H2AD
Registered Owner: S.O.W. Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 160
Operator: Crystal Aero Group
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: KCGC, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1915 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 95°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 150°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Crystal River, FL (CGC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Crystal River, FL (CGC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1405 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Crystal River-Captain Tom Davi (CGC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 8 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4557 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

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: 28.867500, -82.574167 (est)

Citrus County Sheriff's Office
January 31st

Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Crystal River Airport in reference to a plane crash. When deputies arrived on scene they located a small plane that had flipped over off the runway.

A student pilot is believed to have lost control of the aircraft on takeoff. There are no reported injuries and removal of the aircraft is expected to be completed.

The pilot of a  Cessna 172N Skyhawk able to walk away Friday after crashing.

“It went nose over and flipped into the drainage retention (pond),” said Citrus County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Cortney Marsh of the crash at the Crystal River Airport.

The student pilot crashed the plane during takeoff, according the the Citrus County Sheriff's Office website. Citrus County Rescue received notice of the accident at 2:06 p.m.

She said there was no fuel leakage from the crashed plane, no flames, or smoke, and the pilot, the only person onboard, got out “with no apparent injuries.” Nonetheless, paramedics were at the scene evaluating the pilot.

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  1. Before long, all the old planes will be gone. Hacks.

  2. I want those McCauley wheels when you guys are done towing that away!!!

  3. That one will be flying again, just needs a new seat covering and stopped engine inspection.