Thursday, July 23, 2020

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

NTSB Identification: ERA20CA256
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 19, 2020 in Wellington, FL
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N1655V

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed on landing for unknown reasons.

Date: 19-JUL-20
Time: 15:32:00Z
Regis#: N1655V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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.