Sunday, January 17, 2021

Cessna 177RG Cardinal RG, N919DC: Accident occurred January 17, 2021 in Richmond Hill, Bryan County, Georgia

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; Atlanta, Georgia

Delaware Corp

Location: Richmond Hill, GA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA105
Date & Time: January 17, 2021, 12:20 Local 
Registration: N919DC
Aircraft: Cessna 177RG
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 17, 2021, about 1220 eastern standard time, a Cessna 177RG, N919DC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Richmond Hills, Georgia. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, she departed from Fort Myers, Florida (FMY) about 0930, for a crosscounty flight to Saluda, Virginia (W75). The airplane was subsequently in cruise flight at an altitude of 5,500 ft above ground level when it experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot was able to restart the engine and radioed “mayday” to air traffic control; however, the engine began to lose power again. The pilot elected to perform a forced landing in a field, which resulted in substantial structural damage to the airframe.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N919DC
Model/Series: 177RG
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: SAV,50 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 25000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Myers, FL (FMY)
Destination: Saluda, VA (W75)

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: 31.9383,-81.3034 (est)

RICHMOND HILL, Georgia (WTOC) - A single engine plane had to make an emergency landing in Richmond Hill today after technical failures caused the engine to fail.

The pilot who was involved in today’s emergency landing said she was flying this plane home from Florida to Virginia when all of a sudden her engine gave out. Officials here say they were impressed she was able to make such a safe landing.

The sheriffs office says they received a 911 call from the Savannah Airport this afternoon reporting a small engine aircraft had gone down in south Bryan County. A spotter plane was able to locate the wreckage and a response was immediately sent out. The pilot, the only passenger in the plane, was able to locate the pine field and make an emergency landing despite not knowing the area.

“Something happened, of course, mid-flight, with the engine. The engine shut down on her and she was trying to find a safe place to land. So instead of it being a plane down it was an emergency landing, instead of a plane crash. You can see behind me where she was able to put the plane down in this pine field behind us and did a very good job of landing it,” said Bryan County Sheriff Mark Crowe.

The plane did suffer some minor damage and officials say they are unsure at this point whether or not it will be salvageable.

Officials say the pilot did not suffer any major injuries, just some cuts and bruises. She will be on her way home soon.

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