Sunday, February 02, 2020

Runway Excursion: Cessna 172E Skyhawk, N3803S; accident occurred November 12, 2019 at Fallbrook Airpark (L18), San Diego County, California

View of damage to the lower left engine mount. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fallbrook, CA
Accident Number: GAA20CA074
Date & Time: 11/12/2019, 0815 PST
Registration: N3803S
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

According to the operator, during a training flight in the pattern, the solo student pilot landed on the runway. During the landing roll, the student made a right turn to exit the runway. However, the airplane's ground speed was too fast and "he missed the taxiway." The airplane exited the right side of the runway just beyond the taxiway turnout and the airplane went down a 10ft embankment and stopped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left side engine mount.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 24, 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 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/31/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 23 hours (Total, all aircraft), 23 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3803S
Model/Series: 172 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17251003
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/08/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5150 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300
Registered Owner: Aircraft Partner Holdings Inc
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: Fallbrook Flight Academy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNFG, 78 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1631 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 237°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: Fallbrook, CA (L18)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fallbrook, CA (L18)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 708 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2160 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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: 33.354167, -117.250833 (est)

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