Friday, March 06, 2020

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 152, N472TC; accident occurred September 17, 2019 at Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF), Collier County, Florida

View of damaged engine mount.

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Naples, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA556
Date & Time: 09/17/2019, 1030 EDT
Registration: N472TC
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, during approach to land, the airplane suddenly sank. She added power, but the airplane bounced. She added more power, but the airplane bounced again and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The chief executive officer for the flight school reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about 37 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 030° at 4 knots. The same automated station reported that, about 23 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 020° at 6 knots. The student pilot landed the airplane on runway 05.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 22, Female
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/15/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 49.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 49.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 49.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N472TC
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15279792
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/08/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5437.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: Florida Flight Training Center
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: Florida Flight Training Center
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: KAPF, 9 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 33°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Venice, FL (VNC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Naples, FL (APF)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0930 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 8 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6600 ft / 150 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: 26.150000, -81.778611 (est)

1 comment:

  1. At 49 hours she should have been well beyond needing any instructor input backup on a typical landing. Some people are just not made out to be pilots. Never mind the 152 is arguably the easiest trainer to learn in.