Saturday, September 11, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N2099J: Accident occurred September 10, 2021 near Greeley-Weld County Airport (KGXY), Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado 

First Flight Aviation Services LLC

Location: Lasalle, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA414
Date & Time: September 10, 2021, 11:00 Local 
Registration: N2099J
Aircraft: Cessna 172S
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On September 10, 2021, about 1100 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 172S airplane, N2099J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lasalle, Colorado. The certified flight instructor pilot (CFI) and student pilot (SP) sustained minor injuries. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The flight was intended as pre-solo cross-country progress check, and it originated from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Broomfield, Colorado. After 40 minutes of flight, the CFI instructed the SP to perform a touch-and-go landing at the Greely-Weld County Airport (GXY), Greeley Colorado, and then navigate back to BJC. After the touch-and-go at GXY, the CFI initiated a simulated high oil pressure and high temperature scenario as the airplane was cruising at 7,500 ft MSL. The SP responded by initiating a return to GXY. During the return flight to GXY, the CFI reduced the engine power to 2,000 RPM’s and informed the SP that he had a simulated engine fire. The SP responded by reducing the power to idle and commenced a descent. Once the CFI announced that the simulated engine fire was out, the SP established a glide and chose a location for a simulated off-field emergency landing.

About 1,000 AGL, when it was determined that the SP would safely reach his intended landing location, the CFI instructed him to apply power, commence a go-around and fly back to BJC. When the SP applied power, the engine did not respond. The CFI took control of the airplane and attempted restart procedures with no success. The CFI declared an emergency and performed a 180° power off turn to a different landing location than the SP had selected earlier. Upon landing, the airplane contacted a raised embankment and flipped over inverted, adjacent to a corn field and dirt road. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2099J
Model/Series: 172S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KGXY,4697 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Broomfield, CO (BJC)
Destination: Broomfield, CO (BJC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.353333,-104.69194 (est)

An instructor pilot and student walked away with minor injures after a small plane crashed in a cornfield in Weld County on Friday morning, according to the Weld County Sheriff's Office. 

The pilot made a "mayday" call around 11 a.m. before  the single-engine plane crashed in a cornfield along Weld County Road 41, said Joe Moylan, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office. 

First-responders located the pilot and student and transported them to North Colorado Medical Center with minor injuries. Their current status is unknown, Moylan said. 

Neither person has been identified, but police said they are both from Broomfield. 

A witness told investigators he saw the plane fly overhead, but "it didn't sound normal and he could see the propeller was not spinning," Moylan said. 

Authorities do not know where the flight departed from or where it was headed. Moylan said officials from the Greeley-Weld County Airport had no records of the flight taking off or scheduled to land at there. 

An investigation into the crash has been taken over by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration. 

WELD COUNTY, Colorado (KDVR) — An instructor and student pilot both have minor injuries after the plane they were in crashed in a corn field.

According to the Weld County Sheriff’s office, a mayday call was made around 11 a.m. indicating the single-engine plane was going down near Weld County Road 41 between 50 and 50.5.

A witness heard the plane coming and said the propeller was not moving. An investigation into the cause of the crash will be conducted by the NTSB and FAA.

It’s unclear where the plane took off from or where the pilot was planning to land.

Both people on board were taken by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center with minor injuries. Their identities have not been released yet but they are from Broomfield according to the sheriff’s office.

1 comment:

  1. Speed
    62 kt
    ▼ 4,500 ft
    Baro. Rate:
    ▼ 4,850 ft
    Geom. Rate:
    -320 ft/min