Sunday, August 23, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172F Skyhawk, N8159U; accident occurred May 14, 2019 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Spring, Harris County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tomball, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA269
Date & Time: 05/14/2019, 1619 CDT
Registration: N8159U
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, during landing, he made flight control and power setting inputs to compensate for a left crosswind. Shortly after touchdown, the nose wheel "violently shimmied" so he applied back pressure on the control yoke and the airplane began to roll and yaw to the right. The pilot reacted with left rudder control and the nose wheel began to shimmy again. The airplane travelled toward the left edge of the runway and the pilot made the decision to apply heavy braking. The airplane encountered soft soil and subsequently nosed over coming to a stop inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2018
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:Cessna 
Registration: N8159U
Model/Series: 172 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17252059
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: Continental
Engine Model/Series: O-300 SER
Registered Owner: MJH Aero Inc
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: MJH Aero Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDWH, 152 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 336°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Houston, TX (DWH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Houston, TX (DWH)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: David Wayne Hooks Memorial (DWH)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 152 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7009 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  30.061667, -95.552778 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
    Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2018. Should there a annual flight reviews for student pilots to retain their std lic?


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