Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N3451T: Accident occurred March 22, 2020 at Harrisville Municipal Airport (5Y0), Alcona County, Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Harrisville, MI
Accident Number: CEN20LA130
Date & Time: 03/22/2020, 1300 EDT
Registration: N3451T
Aircraft: Cessna 177
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 22, 2020, about 1300 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 177, N34517, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Harrisville Municipal Airport (5Y0), Harrisville, Michigan. The pilot and 2 passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Figure 1. Accident Site

According to the pilot, he was giving rides to friends in the local pattern at 5Y0. On the third landing on runway 21, the airplane veered off the grass runway due to a crosswind. The right wing raised up and the pilot was not able to maintain directional control. The reported winds were 120 degrees at 7 knots. The pilots total flight time was about 120 hours, 6 hours of which were in the accident airplane. After the airplane departed the runway, all three occupants exited without injury. The airplane's left wing sustained substantial damage when it struck trees of the side of the runway. The pilot did not report any mechanical control anomalies during the landing and rollout. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3451T
Model/Series: 177 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: 5Y0, 675 ft msl
Observation Time: 1245 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.53 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Harrisville, MI (5Y0)
Destination: Harrisville, MI (5Y0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.666944, -83.321944

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