Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Cessna 177RG Cardinal RG, N8029G: Accident occurred August 15, 2021 at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (KABQ), New Mexico

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; Albuquerque, New Mexico
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Accident Number: WPR21LA323
Date & Time: August 15, 2021, 14:57 Local
Registration: N8029G
Aircraft: Cessna 177RG 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 15, 2021, about 1457 mountain daylight time, a Cessna C177, N8029G, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from St. Johns Industrial Air Park (KSJN), St. Johns, Arizona, he noted a decrease in performance and discovered that the landing gear was not fully retracted. The pilot attempted to cycle the landing gear, via the emergency landing gear extension procedures, and was able to extend to nose landing gear, but he was unable to obtain a positive down and locked indication on the main landing gear. As fuel levels decreased, the pilot elected to land the airplane at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (KABQ), Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the main landing gear in the retracted position.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the aft fuselage was substantially damaged. The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8029G
Model/Series: 177RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KABQ,5314 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: St Johns, AZ (KSJN)
Destination: Sayre, OK (3O4)

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: 35.038932,-106.60826

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