Thursday, July 23, 2020

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N1655V: Accident occurred July 19, 2020 at Wellington Aero Club Airport (FD38), Palm Beach County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Location: Wellington, FL
Accident Number: ERA20CA256
Date & Time: July 19, 2020, 11:32 Local 
Registration: N1655V
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1655V
Model/Series: 172 M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPBI,21 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4900 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wellington, FL (FD38)
Destination: Wellington, FL (FD38)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A 
Latitude, Longitude: 26.646667,-80.294998 (est)

WELLINGTON, Florida — Investigators have identified the pilot of a small plane that crashed near Greenbriar Blvd. in the Wellington Aero Club on Sunday morning.

On Monday, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as 36-year-old Elizabeth "Beth" Owens Poeschl who is from Loxahatchee Groves.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at about 11:30 a.m.

First responders say the plane is a Cessna 172M Skyhawk.

The plane crashed into an asphalt runway. No nearby homes were damaged. The plane did not catch fire. 

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, only the pilot was onboard.

Poeschl was airlifted by TraumaHawk to St. Mary's Hospital with numerous bone fractures, none of them life-threatening.

“The aircraft went nose down so the front landing gear collapsed and there was some impingement into the cockpit area where the person was,” said Captain Albert Borroto, the Public Information Officer for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was attempting to land at the time of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board says they are going to interview Poeschl and collect more evidence before moving forward in the investigation. Agency leaders expect to determine the cause of the crash in about a year and a half.

Poeschl declined WPBF 25 News' request for a comment on Monday.


  1. Porpoising got out of hand?

  2. Occupation - Flight Attendant.

  3. Not the first flight attendant to pursue flying 'cause it looks so easy.

  4. Looks just like a landing that porpoised and got out of control. That's a serious nose impact which obviously breached the firewall into the cockpit. How many hours did she have? It can get very windy in Florida real quick out of nowhere. Those are some ominous clouds in the photos.