Sunday, June 20, 2021

Cessna 172N Skyhawk II, N2797E: Accident occurred June 18, 2021 in Jupiter, 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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Palm Beach Flyers LLC

Location: Jupiter, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA261
Date & Time: June 18, 2021, 18:32 Local
Registration: N2797E
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On June 18, 2021, about 1832 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N2797E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jupiter, Florida. The flight instructor and student pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

Due to their injuries, the pilots were unable to provide initial statements. According to preliminary information provided by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, about 10 minutes after takeoff, the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power. The flight instructor was unable to restart the engine and attempted to land on a grass field; however, the airplane overflew the field and collided with a fence, before coming to rest nose-down in a creek.

Examination of the wreckage by an FAA inspector and representative from the airframe manufacturer revealed oil streaks along the fuselage. Further examination revealed that the single drive dual magneto had separated from the rear accessory section of the engine. The nuts that secured the magneto to the studs were not recovered and the studs did not exhibit any stripping or damage of the threads.

Review of maintenance records revealed that the magneto was serviced on March 4, 2021 and the airplane’s most recent annual inspection was completed on May 17, 2021. The airplane had been operated about 215 hours and 74 hours since those dates, respectively.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N2797E
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: KPBI,19 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 19000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: West Palm Beach, FL (F45) 
Destination: Jupiter, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 26.9675,-80.154722

TEQUESTA, Florida —  Martin County Fire Rescue responded to an aircraft emergency in the area of S.E. Turnbridge Drive in Tequesta just after 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Cessna 172N Skyhawk II crashed in an isolated, swampy area of Tequesta.

Officials said two patients were transported to local hospitals. One person was transported by ambulance and the other by helicopter.

Investigators determined the passenger is a flight instructor and the pilot is the instructor's student. The flight instructor is currently in critical condition at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach and the student was transported to Jupiter Medical Center for minor injuries. Rescue crews say they are both expected to survive.

Flight records show the plane is registered to Palm Beach Flyers LLC based out of Boca Raton. No one at that corporation was available for comment on Saturday.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are now leading the investigation. The NTSB has not released any details about the investigation.

The identities of the flight instructor and student remain unknown.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash but they say a mayday call before going down.

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