Friday, February 28, 2020

Dragged Wing: Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N291RP; accident occurred February 26, 2020 at Everglades Airpark (X01), Everglades City, Collier County, Florida

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Everglades City, FL
Accident Number: ERA20CA114
Date & Time: 02/26/2020, 1355 EST
Registration: N291RP
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage:Substantial 
Defining Event: Dragged wing/rotor/float/other
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, while on final approach to runway 15, about 5 ft above the runway, a "strong gust of crosswind" from the right resulted in the airplane's left wing striking the runway. The pilot reduced engine power and landed the airplane without further anomaly. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/23/2019
Flight Time:  7498 hours (Total, all aircraft), 256 hours (Total, this make and model), 143 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 55 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N291RP
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17274327
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/28/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 11202.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D2J
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MKY, 5 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1356 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 300°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 13 knots / 17 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Miami, FL (TMB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Everglades City, FL (X01)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1230 EST
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Everglades Airpark (X01)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2400 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.849167, -81.390556 (est)

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