Monday, March 01, 2021

Cessna 172N, N5631E: Accident occurred February 26, 2021 in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida

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; Miramar, Florida
Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA144
Date & Time: February 26, 2021, 14:44 Local
Registration: N5631E
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On February 26, 2021, about 1444 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172N, N5631E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Boynton Beach, Florida. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor and the student pilot provided written statements that were consistent throughout. Approximately 10 minutes after departure, the student pilot was performing ground reference maneuvers at 1,000 ft when the flight instructor noticed the airplane had descended “about 100 ft.” He advised the student pilot to climb the airplane back to the desired altitude, but the airplane did not respond to the student’s control inputs.

The flight instructor assumed control of the airplane and performed remedial actions to restore engine power, which were unsuccessful. He then selected a dirt road that bisected cultivated fields for a forced landing. After landing, the airplane’s right wing, right main landing gear, and right-wing strut struck a gate post along the road, which separated the gear and strut, collapsed the wing at its root, and rotated the airplane 180° before it came to rest on its right side.'

Initial review of maintenance information revealed that the airplane’s most recent 100-hour inspection was completed on February 13, 2021 at 15,942 total aircraft hours.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5631E
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBCT, 16 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:47 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2400 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: West Palm Beach, FL (LNA)
Destination: Boynton Beach, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.505,-80.195556 (est)

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