Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N1089D: Accident occurred May 02, 2021 at Blue Ridge Airport (KMTV), Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia

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; Richmond, Virginia
Location: Martinsville, VA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA202
Date & Time: May 2, 2021, 16:40 Local
Registration: N1089D
Aircraft: Cessna 172S
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1089D
Model/Series: 172S NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
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: MTV,941 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 19 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Gastonia , NC (AKH) 
Destination: Martinsville, VA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.631359,-80.018125 (est)

The pilot of a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP was injured during an attempted landing when the aircraft veered into the grass at the Blue Ridge Airport in Martinsville.

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, and the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft, FAA Public Affairs Specialist Rick Breitenfeldt wrote by email.

The FAA does not release the names of pilots or passengers, but the tail number of the aircraft, N1089D, indicates the airplane is registered to Heavy Metal Air LLC in Farmingdale, New York.

Heavy Metal Air is a maintenance repair company for aircraft with operations in New York and also in Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta.

The Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department, Horsepasture Volunteer Rescue Squad, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, and the Virginia State Police responded to the crash.

The Cessna had come to a stop in a grassy area at a right angle to the runway. The nose of the aircraft was in the ground, but the fuselage and wings all appeared to be intact.

Briedtenfeldt wrote that the FAA would investigate the crash.

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