Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N6705E: Accident occurred July 29, 2020 at Columbia County Airport (1B1), Hudson, New York

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; Albany, New York

Location: Hudson, NY 
Accident Number: ERA20CA269
Date & Time: July 29, 2020, 18:00 Local 
Registration: N6705E
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6705E
Model/Series: 172 N 
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: PSF,1188 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hudson, NY (1B1) 
Destination: Hudson, NY (1B1)

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: 42.291389,-73.710281 (est)

GHENT, New York (NEWS10) — An 87-year-old pilot crashed his Cessna 172N Skyhawk plane near Columbia County airport Wednesday afternoon, authorities say.

Just after 2 p.m., Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported plane crash at the Columbia County Airport on Route 9H in Ghent.

The first deputy on the scene of the crash discovered Fred DeFilippis, 87, of Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County, who climbed out of the plane unaided and walked away without any injuries.

In addition to being the pilot, DeFilippis was also the sole occupant of the Cessna 172N Skyhawk. He crashed into the wooded area east of the runway shortly after taking off from the airport, reporting that it suddenly veered left for no reason.

DeFilippis received a check-up from emergency medical personnel and refused any further treatment.


  1. "He crashed into the wooded area east of the runway shortly after taking off from the airport, reporting that it suddenly veered left for no reason."

    Another Geriatric crash report on KR. I'm sorry Gramps, but 172s are about as easy flying as it gets. Note the 10 degrees of flaps still set. Old timer should have hung it up long ago.

  2. No one wants to quit, but there comes a time.....