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Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N21794: Accident occurred May 11, 2019 at Cackleberry Airport (2E8), Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Detroit, Michigan

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Dexter, MI
Accident Number: GAA19CA258
Date & Time: 05/11/2019, 1738 CDT
Registration: N21794
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The airline transport pilot reported that he configured the airplane with 10ยบ of flaps during a soft field takeoff with a takeoff run of about 600 ft. After the initial climb, about 75 knots, he retracted the flaps, trimmed the aircraft for normal climb, and verified full engine power. About 100 ft above the ground and about two-thirds down the runway, the airplane started to decelerate to about 65 knots. He leveled the airplane and did not hear the stall warning horn activate nor recalled if the engine RPMs decreased or if the engine failed producing power. The airplane continued to decelerate and rapidly descended even when the pilot verified that the throttle was full open, the mixture full rich, the carburetor heat off, and the elevators at neutral position. Before impact, in an attempt to level the airplane, he smoothly pulled the yoke aft, but the airplane did not pitch up. The nosewheel impacted the ground and the airplane nosed over.

The tailcone and both wings were substantially damaged.

A post examination of the airplane by the Federal Aviation Administration inspector, engine and airframe continuity were confirmed. The inspector further reported that the s-bend damage to the propeller was consistent with the engine producing power. The inspector added that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Private
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/05/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/05/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 4660 hours (Total, all aircraft), 110 hours (Total, this make and model), 1976 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N21794
Model/Series:172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1975
Amateur Built:No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17264023
Landing Gear Type:Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: Repholz Charles
Rated Power:
Operator: Solo Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KARB, 839 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 155°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ann Arbor, MI (ARB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dexter, MI (2E8)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1615 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Cackleberry (2E8)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 898 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach:None
Runway Length/Width: 2113 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire:None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 42.426944, -83.866667 (est)

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