Saturday, October 23, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N1188L: Accident occurred October 23, 2021 near Francis S. Gabreski Airport (KFOK), Westhampton, Suffolk County, New York

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; Farmingdale, New York

Convolo LLC

Location: Westhampton Beach, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA029
Date and Time: October 23, 2021, 13:34 Local
Registration: N1188L
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 23, 2021, about 1334 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172S, N1188L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Westhampton Beach, New York. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during a cross-country flight, at 3,000 ft mean sea level, he heard a “pop,” and the engine lost all power; however, the propeller continued to windmill. The pilot diverted to Francis S Gabreski Airport (FOK), Westhampton, New York, which was about 5 miles west. He also attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. During the glide to FOK, the airplane impacted trees prior to runway 24 and came to rest upright against the airport perimeter fence.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. 

The engine was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1188L
Model/Series: 172S
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: FOK, 66 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: East Hampton, NY (HTO)
Destination: Islip, NY (ISP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.843619,-72.631812 (est)

In an attempt to make an emergency landing at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, a 75-year-old pilot crashed his small plane into some shrubs on County Road 104 in East Quogue on Saturday afternoon after experiencing engine failure.

The pilot, a New York City resident who was unharmed, had taken off from East Hampton Airport and was traveling west before his crash landing.

Southampton Town Patrol Units and Detectives initially responded to the scene, along with New York State Police, which is now handling the investigation.

A small plane overshot the runway at Gabreski Airport and ended up in some shrubs near County Road 104 and Lewis Road, according to the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

Authorities say there were no injuries involved with the incident. 

According to Southampton police:

"The pilot took off from Easthampton Airport and was travelling west. The pilot experienced engine failure and was attempting to make an emergency landing at Gabreski Airport, but was unable to make the runway crashing in to some shrubs. The pilot, a male, 75 from NYC was unharmed."


  1. The Pine Barrens are all over that airport and they're basically brush so it's good place to put your plane into to decelerate slowly.

  2. He got it slowed down enough to live!