Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 152, N4705Q; accident occurred November 16, 2019 at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI), Grayson County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Location: Sherman/Dennison, TX
Accident Number: GAA20CA086
Date & Time: 11/16/2019, 1430 CST
Registration: N4705Q
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

According to the pilot, during a time-building solo flight, he turned from base to final in the traffic pattern and determined that the airplane's altitude was high. He pitched the nose down, and reduced engine power. During the landing flare, the airplane remained in ground effect and ballooned. The pilot corrected by pushing forward on the yoke, and the airplane touched down on the runway and bounced multiple times before the nose landing gear collapsed. The airplane skidded to a stop on the runway and came to rest on the lower fuselage and left wing.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 23, 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 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/19/2019
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/18/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 91 hours (Total, all aircraft), 84 hours (Total, this make and model), 29 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 70 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 26 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4705Q
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 152-85053
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/06/2019, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 19041.7 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235
Registered Owner: US Aviation Group Llc
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: US Aviation Group Llc
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: KGLE, 839 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0735 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 262°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sherman/Dennison, TX (GYI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Mineola, TX (JDD)
Type of Clearance:VFR
Departure Time: 1200 CST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: North Texas Rgnl/Perrin Field (GYI)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 749 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 33.714167, -96.674444 (est)


  1. Sounds like the "pilot" needed more time with an instructor...

  2. Or the "pilot" is still having exhibiting bad habits learned from "learning" how to fly while growing up with Flight Simulator. Instructors complain about that all the time: new pilots who spent years desktop flying are harder to train than someone who never experienced any flight simulation experience at home. It makes sense though: you have to first teach them how to unlearn bad habits they "learned" with MSFS (or X-Plane) and then they have to start learning real world skills. By that time of being broken of old habits, the student can be ten or more hours into their training beyond the usual 15 hours or so of the typical solo. Of course that is all based on pilot skill. Better pilots learn faster, mediocre pilots take longer, and poor pilots should be told to hang it up. Sadly for the last, there are too many hungry young instructors looking for money and hours to take on any student which some call a career student.