Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N365CP; accidents occurred June 10, 2021 and May 21, 2020

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Barr Air Patrol LLC


Location: Saint James, LA
Accident Number: CEN21LA268
Date & Time: June 10, 2021, 10:08 Local 
Registration: N365CP
Aircraft: Cessna 172S
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N365CP
Model/Series: 172S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KREG,15 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Gonzales, LA (REG)
Destination: Lake Charles, LA (CWF)

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: 30.038001,-90.927146  






Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Barr Air Patrol LLC


Location: Houma, Louisiana
Accident Number: CEN20CA195
Date & Time: May 21, 2020, 14:20 Local
Registration: N365CP
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

Analysis

The commercial pilot and passenger were returning to the airport after completing the pipeline patrol. As the airplane approached the airport, the pilot listened to the recorded weather and contacted the air traffic control tower. The reported wind was steady at 12 to 15 kts from 170°. The pilot was cleared to land on runway 18, and the pilot stated that he "set up for a short field landing in order to make the first taxiway on the right." He said that just before getting to the threshold of the runway, the wind "either quit or abruptly reduced" and the plane started to "sink" rapidly. The pilot thought he had cleared the runway threshold lights and added "a little" back pressure on the flight control yolk. The airplane's left horizontal stabilizer struck a runway threshold light resulting in substantial damage. The pilot indicated that there were no airplane mechanical malfunctions with the airplane during the flight.

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 adequate clearance from a ground obstacle during landing.

Findings

Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Runway/taxi/approach light - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Landing area undershoot (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private 
Age: 65
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 10, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 21, 2018
Flight Time: 6716.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2498.6 hours (Total, this make and model), 6132.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 181 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 64.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Certificate: Age:
Airplane Rating(s):
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N365CP
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 172S8838
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 9, 2020 100 hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12139.2 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO360 L2A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHUM,10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 18:47 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 129°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1500 ft AGL 
Visibility 7 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Houma, LA (HUM) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Houma, LA (HUM) 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 11:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Houma-Terrebonne HUM
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 9 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18 IFR 
Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6508 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.566389,-90.660552(est)

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