Friday, July 10, 2020

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9127H: Accident occurred July 01, 2020 at Port Meadville Airport (KGKJ), Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania

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NTSB Identification: ERA20CA236
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Meadville, PA
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N9127H

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. 

VERNON TOWNSHIP — How and why a single-engine airplane slid over an embankment at Port Meadville Airport Wednesday night is under investigation this morning by the Federal Aviation Administration.

No one was injured in the incident which took place around 6:45 p.m., according to Marc Fox, the airport’s manager.

The Cessna 172M Skyhawk was piloted by Richard P. McCormick of Butler and McCormick’s wife, Antoinette, was a passenger in the aircraft.

The plane was taxiing and running up to prepare for take off using Runway 7 to fly east when it slipped over the embankment at the western end of the airport, Fox told the Tribune.

“The pilot told me ‘it got away from me,’ ” Fox told the Tribune.

Vernon Township Police Department, Conneaut Lake Regional Police Department, and Vernon Central Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

“It got away from me.”

Those were the words of the pilot of a  Cessna 172M Skyhawk that slid off the runway and over an embankment at Port Meadville Airport Wednesday evening.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the mishap.

The plane was piloted by a Butler man who was preparing to take off according to what the airport manager told the Meadville Tribune.

Neither the pilot nor his wife, who was a passenger, were injured in the incident.

As of Thursday afternoon, the plane was still in the weeds.

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