Friday, October 01, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N116SV: Accident occurred September 29, 2021 in Port Orange, Volusia 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; Orlando, Florida

TRNS Solutions LLC

Location: Port Orange, Florida
Accident Number: ERA21LA388
Date and Time: September 29, 2021, 14:06 Local 
Registration: N116SV
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On September 29, 2021, about 1406 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172S, N116SV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Port Orange, Florida. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor stated that earlier that day the student pilot flew an uneventful 1-hour flight from Massey Ranch Airpark (X50), New Smyrna Beach, Florida to Gainesville Regional Airport, Gainesville, Florida (GNV) where an uneventful full-stop landing was performed. They then departed to return to X50 with an adequate supply of fuel and climbed to 3,500 ft mean sea level (msl), where the engine fuel to air ratio was leaned. While in contact with Daytona Beach Approach Control, the flight was cleared to descend to 2,500 ft msl, then to 1,600 ft msl. While descending with the power reduced to 1,900 rpm, he informed the student pilot that the airplane had descended 100 ft below the assigned altitude and the student replied, “we have no power.” The flight instructor took over the flight controls and applied full throttle, but the engine rpm did not change. He confirmed that the mixture control was in the full rich position and the fuel selector was still in the “both” position, where it had remained since the original takeoff. He simultaneously pitched the airplane for best glide speed (68 knots) and told the student pilot to complete the engine failure during flight checklist. As the student pilot performed the checklist, the flight instructor advised the controller that the engine had lost power and the controller advised of nearby airports, but due to the airplane’s altitude and distance from those airports he realized an off-airport landing would be necessary. The flight instructor located a field and performed a forced landing. After rolling a few feet the nose landing gear contacted “something” and the airplane nosed over.

According to the mechanic who maintained the airplane, 12 gallons of fuel were drained from one fuel tank and 20 gallons of fuel were drained from the other fuel tank after the accident; no contamination was noted. The wings and propeller were removed for recovery and the airplane was secured at the operator’s facility at X50 pending further examination of the airframe and engine. The memory card
from the airplane’s Garmin G1000 multi-function display was retained for read-out.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N116SV
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: KDAB,41 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4200 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Gainesville, FL (GNV) 
Destination: New Smyrna Beach, FL (X50)

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: 29.090806,-81.064167 

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