Sunday, December 13, 2020

Cessna 172 Skyhawk: Accident occurred December 13, 2020 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF) San Diego, 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.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California 

Seven 4 Zulu LLC

Location: San Diego, CA
Accident Number: WPR21LA069
Date & Time: December 13, 2020, 12:50 Local 
Registration: N5098E
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On December 13, 2020, about 1250 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172, N5098E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near San Diego, California. The flight instructor and student were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor reported that the purpose of the accident flight was for a student pilot to practice touch-and-go takeoff and landings. During the second takeoff on runway 28R, as the airplane was about 100-150 feet above ground level, the flight instructor detected a loss of engine power and assumed control of the airplane. He elected to land the airplane on the remainder of runway, however, the airplane subsequently overran the departure end of the runway and struck an airport perimeter fence.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that both wings and fuselage were structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5098E
Model/Series: 172N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VM
C Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYF,417 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: San Diego, CA 
Destination: San Diego, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.815722,-117.13955

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A student pilot and a flight instructor were uninjured after a Cessna 172 Skyhawk ran off the Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport runway Sunday and crashed through a fence, authorities said.

The incident happened at about 1:15 p.m. at the airport on 3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, according to the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department.

Montgomery Field and Kearny Villa Road were shut down. There were no reports of fire.

After the incident, Montgomery Field diverted air traffic to Brown Field in Otay Ranch and Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

Two people suffered minor injuries after a small plane crashed on Kearny Villa Road near Montgomery Field Sunday, police said.

It happened at around 12:50 p.m., the Cessna 172 Skyhawk crashed near 4200 Kearny Villa Rd. Two people were on board, the pilot and co-pilot, San Diego Police said.

“Upon take off from the runway, headed west, they experienced a power failure and made an emergency landing on Kearny Villa Road,” said Chris Babler, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief.

Babler said the plane was at about 50 feet when they experienced a power failure and then went into an emergency landing mode and crashed through the fencing onto Kearny Villa Road.

No motorists were impacted.

Officials are mitigating a fuel leak as the plane had about 45 gallons, or five hours of fuel onboard. They expect to be at the scene for several hours.

Both persons were evaluated for minor injuries. No fire was reported.

Northbound Interstate 163 to Kearny Villa Road and Kearny Villa Road in both directions will be closed for about 90 minutes, Babler said. Officials asked residents to avoid the area.


  1. Strange Reports from news media.CBS8 reported the two people on board the Cessna as patients and not as passenger and pilot. NBC San Diego reports no fire. So news media expects the worst scenario or that most aircraft crashes usually has fires. Most level landings where the pilot has some control rarely is there a fire.

    1. Thats a valid point . Most media have little knowledge of aviation and report misleading information..


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