Sunday, February 13, 2022

Collision with Object (non-CFIT): Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N737SY; accident occurred February 12, 2022 near Southern Illinois Airport (KMDH), Jackson County, Illinois

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

STK Holding LLC

Flightline FBO training aircraft

Location: Murphysboro, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN22LA120
Date and Time: February 12, 2022, 17:57 Local
Registration: N737SY
Aircraft: Cessna 172N 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings during a solo instructional flight at the time of the accident. She completed 7 landings without incident, and the accident approach was to be the final landing. The pilot reported that the runway was in sight, but she did not see the power lines. The airplane hit the lines and subsequently impacted the ground below the lines. The airframe sustained damage to the fuselage and left wing. According to the pilot, there were no failures or malfunctions associated with the airplane before the accident. The accident occurred about 24 minutes after sunset and about 3 minutes before the end of civil twilight. The runway was equipped with Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) system. An inspection of the system after the accident revealed that it was operating normally at that time. 

Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from power lines during approach for landing. 


Aircraft Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Identification/recognition - Pilot
Environmental issues Wire - Effect on operation
Environmental issues Low light - Effect on personnel

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information
Certificate: Student
Age: 19,Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 17, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: December 8, 2021
Flight Time: 76 hours (Total, all aircraft), 76 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N737SY
Model/Series: 172N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17269650
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: November 16, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 83.8 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8800.8 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed Engine Model/Series: O-320-H2AD
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 160 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: MDH,411 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0.81 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:52 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 350°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 0 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.39 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Murphysboro, IL (MDH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Murphysboro, IL (MDH)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 17:01 Local Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Southern Illinois MDH
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 411 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36R 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6506 ft / 100 ft VFR
Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 37.76515,-89.248861


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AIRCRAFT:   1977 CESSNA 172N N737SY, s/n:  17269650,   Hobbs 5,994; Tach 8,800     
ENGINE:  O-320-H2AD,  s/n: L-6067-76T, TSN: 5,287 hours, TSOH 937.4 hours                            

PROPELLER:  McCauley 1C160/DTM7557M1, present hours 890


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DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  While on approach to land, the aircraft struck power lines resulting in the aircraft subsequently impacting terrain.


Damage to the aircraft includes but may not be limited to:


Engine Tear down due to propeller strike

Left wing substantial damage

Right wing substantial damage

Forward fuselage heavy deformation

Lower cowling

Upper cowling

Front windshield

Right aileron and flap

Left aileron
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  AMF Aviation, LLC, Springfield, Tennessee

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Flight Path (Courtesy FlightAware)

Night Proficiency Flight

On the 12th landing pilot was too low when turning from downwind to base for runway 36R. 

The aircraft impacted a large power line. 

Aircraft crashed on private property owned by Cimco Recycling Center.

The pilot sustained minor injuries and was alone in the plane. 

There were no injuries on the ground. 

Federal Aviation Administration was notified.

Airport authorities were onsite with the local police and fire department. 

At the crash scene there was severe damage to both wings.

From the view at a distance flaps look to be partially down, estimate 10° - 20°.

Uncertain if it will fly again. 

JACKSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS (WSIL) -- A female pilot is in the hospital recovering from non-life threatening injuries after crashing a small plane and hitting a transformer.

According to Patrick McDonald, the assistant manager at Southern Illinois Airport, she took off from the airport and flying alone in a  Cessna 172N Skyhawk, which is a training aircraft. 

The crash happened around 5:50 p.m. about 2,000 feet short of the runway on adjacent property south of the airport.

McDonald adds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified, and the FAA will likely send an investigator on Sunday to assess the damage and determine a cause. 

"Right now, the airport police have secured the scene," he explains. "In the morning, the FAA will send an investigator.  They'll assess the damage and the scene of crash itself." 

Damage to the transformer caused thousands of residents and businesses to lose power. One of those was St. Joseph Hospital. 

SIH officials told News 3 power is restored to the hospital and that it ran on a generator. No services were disrupted and patient care was not impacted.

Carbondale fire crews have been working with Ameren to restore services to all customers. (click here for a map of outages)