Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N75634: Accident occurred September 29, 2020 near David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Houston, Texas

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. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Location: Spring, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA425
Date & Time: September 29, 2020, 14:00 Local 
Registration: N75634
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 29, 2020, about 1400 central daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N75634, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Spring, Texas. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot and his flight instructor completed three touch-and-go landings prior to a student solo flight, which was the accident flight. After the student pilot took off and entered the airplane into the airport traffic pattern, he was unable to return the rudder control from an asymmetric position. He was unable to maintain control of the airplane to return to the runway and performed a forced landing on a baseball field where the airplane hit several drainage ditches and incurred substantial damage to the fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N75634
Model/Series: 172
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KDWH,152 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 21 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Spring, TX
Destination: Spring, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.054083,-95.555996 (est)

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