Monday, February 28, 2022

Cessna 172B Skyhawk, N7762X: Incident occurred February 26, 2022 and Accident occurred May 05, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

February 26, 2022: Aircraft made a successful forced landing due to engine issues.

Welton Law Firm

Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 16:57:00Z
Regis#: N7762X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

True Course LLC doing business as True Course Flight School

Location: Fulton, New York
Accident Number: GAA18CA267
Date & Time: 05/05/2018, 0830 EDT
Registration: N7762X
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that, while practicing landings, he thought the wind was becoming "gusty", so he increased his approach speed. He added that, over the runway threshold, he reduced throttle and felt the airplane enter ground effect. The airplane landed hard, bounced, and landed hard a second time. The student pilot added full power and turned off carburetor heat, and the airplane landed hard a third time. The nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest in the grass next to the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 37 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 230° at 7 knots. The same automated station reported that, about 24 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 260° at 7 knots. The airplane landed on runway 24.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing.


Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Other weather encounter
Landing Hard landing (Defining event)
Landing Abnormal runway contact
Landing Landing gear collapse
Landing Runway excursion

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/16/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 82.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 82.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 6.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N7762X
Model/Series: 172 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17248262
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:  Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300-D
Registered Owner: TRUE COURSE LLC
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: True Course Flight School
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFZY, 475 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1154 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 168°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fulton, NY (FZY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fulton, NY (FZY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 475 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3996 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 43.351944, -76.385556 (est)

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