Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N75989; accident occurred June 09, 2020 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), California

Aviation Accident Final 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; Van Nuys, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Universal Aviators Academy Inc

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Accident Number: WPR20CA178
Date & Time: June 9, 2020, 11:45 Local
Registration: N75989
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that during landing, the airplane bounced after touchdown. He applied full power to abort the landing and the airplane became airborne. The pilot then then changed his mind and landed the airplane on the remaining runway. After touching down the second time, the pilot was unable to maintain directional control and the airplane departed the runway surface and collided with a fence. The wing spar and empennage were substantially damaged.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a fence.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student 
Age: 50, 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: February 21, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 160 hours (Total, all aircraft), 160 hours (Total, this make and model), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N75989
Model/Series: 172 N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility 
Serial Number: 17268089
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 8, 2020 100 hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 2 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 10276.2 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 160 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBA,13 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Camarillo, CA (CMA) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 
Type of Clearance: VFR flight following
Departure Time: 10:47 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Santa Barbara SBA 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 13 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15L 
IFR Approach: None 
Runway Length/Width: 4180 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around;Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.427223,-119.839996(est)


  1. "Student pilot 160 hours" = $20,000
    "Increased the fuel" = Fail

  2. Case exhibit #2,334 of a career 100+ hour student pilot never signed off for a private and winding up on a Kathryn Report. And what's up with that text about a text message in the history narrative? Is this another case of a foreign national having a hard time learning to fly using English as second tongue? The cases of these incidents seem to be on the rise from Florida to California in flight schools.

  3. Better the fence than that glass jetbridge, I suppose. I understand those cost a pretty penny.