Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N734VH; accident occurred November 22, 2017 at Maple Lake Municipal Airport (KMGG), Wright County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Maple Lake, MN
Accident Number:CEN18LA056 
Date & Time: 11/22/2017, 1200 CST
Registration: N734VH
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 22, 2017, about 1200 central standard time, a Cessna 172N airplane, N734VH, registered to a private individual, was substantially damaged after a landing gear collapse and runway excursion at the Maple Lake Municipal Airport (MGG), Maple Lake, Minnesota. The pilot and 2 passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated at 1100 from the Cumberland Municipal Airport (UMB), Cumberland, Wisconsin.

The pilot initially reported that while landing on runway 28, he had a "rough landing," the "right rear strut wheel broke," and the airplane skidded into a hangar. Examination of the accident site and aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane touched down on runway 28 and slid onto the grass infield about 1,000 feet beyond the touchdown point. The aircraft crossed over a taxiway, impacted a rock drainage revetment, and then impacted a hangar. The total distance traveled by the airplane was about 2,100 feet from touchdown to impact with the hangar. Skid marks on the runway and grass correlated to the airplane's path during the excursion and evidence at the site showed that the landing gear strut separated from the airplane about 100-feet prior to impact with the hangar. Examination of the airplane wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact anomalies. The pilot did not provide any additional information or an NTSB Form 6120.

Figure 1. Approximate Location of Touchdown and Impact with Hangar 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:51, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
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 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/15/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/01/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 120 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N734VH
Model/Series: 172N N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17269145
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 2 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7980 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 hp
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: MGG, 1028 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1153 CST
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -5°C / -9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: 
Departure Point: Cumberland, WI (UMB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Maple Lake, MN (MGG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Maple Lake Municipal (MGG)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1028 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2796 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 45.236111, -93.985556 (est)


  1. Not everyone is cut out for flying.

  2. With throttle closed and a landing at stall speeds, how can you even have enough energy after that long a ground roll to do all that?

  3. Cessna 172 with 3 adults onboard = extra, extra long ground roll -- I didn't think that was even possible. What in the world?!?!

  4. In the future, if you have a chance to fly with this guy, DON'T.

  5. Obviously a very poor pilot. The FAA should interview his Instructor...his flight review was 4 years ago and he reports only 120 total hours. One would have to be crazy to fly with this character.

  6. @Ron

    Passengers don't know what they don't know and don't know to ask.

    He was only a few months out on the Flight Review (not saying that is excusable).

    A successful check ride or a Flight Review only indicates the pilot met a minimum standard on a particular flight. They might interview the instructor but the instructor has no control on what a certificated pilot might do when the instructor is not around.



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