Sunday, August 23, 2020

Hard Landing: Cessna 172S, N106ED at Edwards Air Force Base (KEDW), Kern County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Edwards Air Force Base, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA282
Date & Time: 04/28/2019, PDT
Registration: N106ED
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage:Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

A member of the flight club reported that they noticed propeller damage to the parked airplane. The airplane was flown by numerous member pilots prior to the damage being found, however, none of them claimed responsibility for the damage. Examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage.

The flight club representative did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:Cessna
Registration: N106ED
Model/Series:172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2000
Amateur Built:No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 172S8486
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: IO360 SER A&C
Registered Owner: Edwards Aero Club
Rated Power:
Operator: Edwards Aero Club
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Unknown
Condition of Light:Not Reported
Observation Facility, Elevation:
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Lowest Ceiling:
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Type of Clearance:Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:Unknown

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 34.908056, -117.885556 (est)


  1. Wouldn't ya think the guy/gal who flew it last is the one? Because the next one in line preflights and goes "Whoa, what the hell is this?"

    1. No photo of the prop damage, muddies the water. If a stone nick sent it into maintenance and the firewall deformation was found, the firewall damage could have been there a while.

      If the prop tips were curled, well...

  2. Non rated officers often learn to fly at military aeroclubs. I learned to fly at Edwards Aero Club in 1976 and the T-34 we had on the line was landed gear up by a Rated Officer! No hate, just fact.