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Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N60457: Accident occurred April 17, 2021 near Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC), Sarasota 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; Tampa, Florida
Florida Flight Training Center

Location: Venice, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA187
Date & Time: April 17, 2021, 17:15 Local 
Registration: N60457
Aircraft: Cessna 172S 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On April 17, 2021, at 1715 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172S airplane, N60457, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), Venice, Florida. The flight instructor and private pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was operated by Florida Flight Training Center as an instructional flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, he was providing instruction to the student for the purpose of a flight review. They departed with full fuel and completed maneuvers in the local area before return to VNC for touch and go landings. The flight instructor reported that he demonstrated the first touch and go, which was uneventful, and then the student took the flight controls for the second touch and go. While in the traffic pattern on downwind, abeam the runway numbers, the student pilot intended to reduce engine power to 1,700 rpm, however rpm dropped to 1,000. The instructor observed the student attempt to increase the power, but the there was no change in the rpm.

The flight instructor reported that he immediately took the flight controls and attempted to troubleshoot the engine issue, but engine only produced two “weak vibrations” and power was not restored. He added that it became apparent that their glide path would not allow them to make the runway, so he turned right to land on a golf course fairway and pond. Subsequently, the airplane touched down in the pond and both pilots safely egressed. The fuselage and empennage sustained substantial damage.

The airplane and engine were recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N60457
Model/Series: 172S NO SERIES
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: KVNC,19 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Venice, FL 
Destination: Venice, 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: 27.08,-82.41 (est)

VENICE, Florida  — A plane carrying two people crashed shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in Venice.

Both people are believed to be OK. One was taken to Venice Regional Bayfront Health for observation.

The plane had engine trouble and made an emergency landing in a pond at Derbyshire Drive and Blue Crane Drive in Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club.

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP is owned by the Florida Flight Training Center in Venice. The plane took off from Venice Municipal Airport at 4:25 p.m. Saturday.

The flight map shows the plane flew along the coast to the Englewood area and back a few times before circling inland near where it crashed in Venice.

Officials are expected to be on the scene for the next several hours as the cockpit remains submerged.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota County Fire Department are assisting the Federal Aviation Administration.

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