Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Controlled Flight Into Object: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N737DW; accident occurred July 22, 2019 at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), Los Angeles County, California

View of damaged right wing. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

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: Van Nuys, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA448
Date & Time: 07/22/2019, 1830 PDT
Registration: N737DW
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

The pilot reported that, during landing, shortly after the main landing gear touched down, the airplane veered left, exited the runway to the left, and impacted the visual approach slope indicator.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was 120° at 9 knots. The pilot reported the wind was 120° at 13 knots. The airplane landed on runway 16R.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/19/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/28/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1308 hours (Total, all aircraft), 800 hours (Total, this make and model), 1194 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 253 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 54 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N737DW
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built:No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17269347
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: Mh Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Mh Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVNY, 770 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0132 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 71°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1520 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Van Nuys (VNY)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 802 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8001 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

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: 34.209722, -118.490000 (est)

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