Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Cessna 150F, N3059X: Accident occurred July 23, 2021 near Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL), Buncombe County, North Carolina

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; Charlotte, North Carolina

Location: Arden, NC
Accident Number: ERA21LA297
Date & Time: July 23, 2021, 18:30 Local
Registration: N3059X
Aircraft: Cessna 150 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 23, 2021, about 1830 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150, N3059X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Arden, North Carolina. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The student pilot departed Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Asheville, North Carolina, and was climbing through 5,100 feet mean sea level enroute to Statesville, North Carolina, when the airplane engine “went to idle.” The pilot attempted to adjust the throttle setting; however, the tachometer continued to indicate 740 rpm. The pilot established best glide speed, declared an emergency and turned back toward AVL as he performed the engine out checklist. When he determined that he could not reach the airport, he executed a forced landing into a coal ash pit.

Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest inverted in the ash pit. The nose gear was fractured and there was substantial damage to the left wing, rudder, and fuselage. Examination of the engine revealed that the throttle cable was separated from the carburetor throttle control lever. The securing hardware was not found.
The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3059X
Model/Series: 150F 
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: AVL,2170 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3700 ft AGL 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Asheville, NC (AVL) 
Destination: Statesville, NC (SVH)

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: 35.472191,-82.548497

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