Sunday, May 03, 2020

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N734NW: Accident occurred May 02, 2020 at Sierra Sky Park Airport (E79), Fresno County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fresno, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA136
Date & Time: 05/02/2020, 0930 PDT
Registration: N734NW
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 2, 2020, about 0930 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N734NW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sierra Sky Park Airport (E79), Fresno, California. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated the airplane had recently undergone maintenance and this was to be the third flight after the maintenance, and he planned to stay in the local area. He stated that the wind was about 9 to 10 kts straight down runway 30 (headwind). The takeoff started normally until he reached about 300 to 400 feet above ground level (agl), at which point the engine began to surge. He described the surge as a momentary decrease in engine rpm. He verified that the throttle and mixture controls were fully forward and opted to complete 180° turn and returned to the runway. The pilot stated that the partial loss of power was not sufficient to maintain level altitude. The pilot attempted to land on runway 12, but the landing roll continued off of the runway and the airplane collided with a fence. The airplane then passed over the two westbound lanes of a road and nosed over in the median.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N734NW
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: FCH, 276 ft msl
Observation Time: 1730 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.840278, -119.869444 (est)

A small plane crashed through a fence and a pedestrian walkway Saturday in Fresno before landing on its roof in the center median of Herndon Avenue.

No drivers or pedestrians were hit and the pilot walked away with bumps and scratches.

Philip Barnett of Fresno, who has been flying for 46 years, took off alone in his Cessna 172N Skyhawk around 9:45 a.m. from the Sierra Sky Park Airport.

He took off going north into the wind, but his engine surged and then failed and he turned around, said Fresno Police Lt. Jennifer Horsford.

Barnett landed near the end of the runway, as skid marks demonstrated. But he said he had so much momentum, that he went past the edge of the runway, through the pedestrian walkway and crashed through a metal fence into Herndon Avenue, just west of Brawley Avenue.

“I was too high, too hot and too fast and had strong tailwind,” he said.

The four-seater flipped when the front wheel hit the curb and the plane landed on its roof in the median.

“I was lucky there was no cars,” said Barnett.

He had scratches on his hands and a bruised forehead but was otherwise fine. Barnett stuck around to talk to neighbors and others who gathered.

Westbound Herndon Avenue was blocked to traffic Saturday morning.

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