Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Cessna 150M, N4100V: Accident occurred September 28, 2021 in Hobe Sound, Martin 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 Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
Accident Number: ERA21LA384
Date and Time: September 28, 2021, 14:53 Local
Registration: N4100V
Aircraft: Cessna 150 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 28, 2021, at 1453 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150M, N4100V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Hobe Sound, Florida. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, after he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane with no anomalies noted, he flew from his home-base at Valkaria Airport (X59), Valkaria, Florida to Sebastian Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida for fuel. After topping-off the fuel tanks, he departed X26 for a flight to Witham Field Airport (SUA), Stuart, Florida. During the initial climb, he noticed that the “angle of attack of the aircraft was higher than usual, and the climb performance was less than expected.” The pilot surmised that the airplane’s performance was likely affected by the heat and full fuel load. The airplane’s performance continued to degrade such that it was unlikely to reach an airport, and the pilot elected to perform a forced landing in an open field. During the landing flare, the airplane stalled and impacted the ground.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage. The right wing was partially separated from the fuselage at its root, and was crushed and bent upward and aft, outboard of the wing strut. The aft fuselage was fractured and partially separated just aft of the rear window.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N4100V
Model/Series: 150M 
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: SUA,18 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:58 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Sebastian, FL (X26)
Destination: Stuart, FL (SUA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 27.062167,-80.123892 (est)

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