Sunday, November 21, 2021

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N99715: Accident occurred November 21, 2021 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Wheeling, Cook County, Illinois

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; Des Plaines, Illinois 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Chicago Executive Flight School

N99715 LLC

Location: Wheeling, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN22LA043
Date and Time: November 21, 2021, 11:02 Local
Registration: N99715
Aircraft: Cessna 172P
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N99715
Model/Series: 172P 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPWK,646 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wheeling, IL
Destination: Wheeling, IL

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: 42.122436,-87.906659 (est)

An investigation is underway after a small plane crash in the Northwest suburbs.  

A Cessna 172P Skyhawk ended up nose down in the grass at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling. 

It happened around 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane made a hard landing before veering off the runway.  

The pilot was the only person on board.  

There are no reports of any injuries. 

The Chicago Executive Airport released the following statement:

A single-engine Cessna 172 went into the infield after experiencing a hard landing Sunday at Chicago Executive Airport. No injuries were reported.

The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. and caused minimal damage to airport equipment. The airplane was removed and the airfield was reopened at 12:15 p.m., according to CEA Executive Director Jeffrey Miller.

CEA thanks the fire departments from the City of Prospect Heights and the Village of Wheeling for their expeditious response.

Firefighters and paramedics from Prospect Heights and Wheeling responded about 11:02 a.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021 to a report of an aircraft in distress at Chicago Executive Airport in Prospect Heights and Wheeling.

An aircraft landed on Runway 34 and apparently experienced a landing gear failure and ran off the runway on the north end of the airport near Hintz Road.

The pilot did not initially report any injuries.

Prospect Heights Battalion Chief Andrew Plonski said the Cessna 172P Skyhawk had a small fuel leak and the pilot was the only person onboard.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the incident.

Everything relating to the incident must go through a National Transportation Safety Board investigation, Plonski said. The plane was towed away by a local towing company.

Some fire equipment was returning by about 11:20 a.m.

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