Friday, August 07, 2020

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N55231: Accident occurred August 02, 2020 at Reid-Hillview Airport (KRHV), San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

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; San Jose, California

Golf November Aero LLC

Location: San Jose, CA 
Accident Number: WPR20LA256
Date & Time: August 2, 2020, 10:17 Local
Registration: N55231
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 2, 2020, about 1017 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172, N55231, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near San Jose, California. The pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot was returning to Reid-Hillview (RHV) airport and was on right downwind for runway 31, approximately abeam the numbers, when the airplane collided with an object. The airplane yawed to the right dramatically and lost altitude. The pilot notified the tower and immediately executed a precautionary landing to runway 31. He landed safely without further incident.

It was later determined that the airplane likely collided with a bird. Debris and biological samples have been retained for testing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N55231
Model/Series: 172
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: KRHV,135 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Carson City, NV (CXP)
Destination: San Jose, CA (RHV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.337776,-121.800277

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