Monday, January 25, 2021

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9391H; accident occurred July 01, 2020 at Chesapeake Regional Airport (KCPK), Norfolk, Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Sunrise Aviation Inc
Epix Services LLC doing business as Epix Aviation 

Location: Chesapeake, VA
Accident Number:ERA20CA235 
Date & Time: 07/01/2020, 0900 EDT
Registration: N9391H
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that he performed practice maneuvers over a field for about 20 minutes before returning to the airport to practice landings. After becoming established on final approach, the airplane touched down "on the numbers," then proceeded to bounce with ever increasing frequency and severity. The airplane departed the runway surface, the nosewheel landing gear collapsed, and the fuselage was substantially damaged. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Student Pilot Information

Age: 18, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:3-point 
Instrument Rating(s):None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/02/2020
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time: 32.6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 32.6 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9391H
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17266134
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/17/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 46 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9626.9 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:Lycoming 
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: Sunrise Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)
Operator Does Business As: EPIX AVIATION
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CPK, 19 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0915 EDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chesapeake, VA (CPK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chesapeake, VA (CPK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0830 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Chesapeake Rgnl (CPK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 18 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

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: 36.665000, -76.321111 (est)


  1. Not sure who has the worst penmanship and grammar, the instructor or the student...

    1. That just scares me!!!...apparently more practice is needed...

    2. It is not surprising at all at least for an 18 year old. Penmanship and grammar stopped being taught in primary around the turn of the century some two decades ago. Kids don't even learn cursive anymore. Computers, keyboards, and printers are the pen and paper these days, and Word has a auto-correction for spelling and grammar, so why learn the old fashioned way? Everyone gets the same grades and nobody is left behind and all parents get the "My child is an honor student" bumper sticker!

      -Son of a former high school English teacher here

    3. ^^I made a grammar gaffe above. Let's see who gets it first!

  2. "It is not surprising at all, at least for an 18 year old.
    Comma should be after all.

  3. " primary around the turn of the century, some two..." Comma missing. "...for spelling and grammar." "So why..." Period missing. New sentence.

  4. "...gets the same grades, nobody is left behind, and all parents..." Commas missing.

  5. Excellent job but you missed the most obvious gaffe: the incorrect use of "a" vs. "an" when using the term "auto-correction." It's "an auto-correction" and not "a auto-correction." That's actually one of the most common grammar errors out there (rules of indefinite articles). The easiest way to spot that is how the words "a" and "an" flow with the next word. It's not "a auto" it's "an auto." That said, you still get a solid "A" for taking the challenge!