Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 152, N25474; accident occurred February 28, 2020 at Tampa Executive Airport (KVDF), Hillsborough County, Florida

Airplane on its Nose at Accident Site

Broken Engine Mount

Damaged Left Wing

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Tampa, FL
Accident Number: ERA20CA115
Date & Time: 02/28/2020, 0930 EST
Registration: N25474
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot was conducting her first ever solo flight and bounced on landing and the stall horn sounded. The airplane bounced three more times before the nose wheel collapsed and the left wing contacted the ground resulting in substantial damage to an engine mount and the left wing. The student pilot stated there were no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane or engine prior to the accident. She said the accident could have been prevented if she had executed a go-around.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 21, Female
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/05/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  31.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 31.7 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15280678
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/13/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7087 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator:On file 
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: VDF, 21 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:  EST
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Tampa, FL (VDF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Tampa, FL (VDF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0920 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Tampa Executive (VDF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 21 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: 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: 28.013889, -82.345278 (est)

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