Sunday, February 13, 2022

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N737SY: Accident occurred February 12, 2022 near Southern Illinois Airport (KMDH), Jackson 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; Springfield, Illinois

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

STK Holding LLC

Flightline FBO training aircraft

Location: Carbondale, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN22LA120
Date and Time: February 12, 2022, 17:56 Local 
Registration: N737SY
Aircraft: Cessna 172N
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N737SY
Model/Series: 172N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: MDH,411 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.81 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C /-7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 0 knots, 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Carbondale, IL (MDH) 
Destination: Carbondale, IL (MDH)

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 

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)