Friday, April 22, 2022

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9263H: Accident occurred April 20, 2022 at Smith Airport (43KS), Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas

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; Wichita, Kansas

K-State Flying Club

K S Flying Club Inc


Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Accident Number: CEN22LA181
Date and Time: April 20, 2022, 19:15 Local
Registration: N9263H
Aircraft: Cessna 172M
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 20, 2022, about 1915 central daylight time, a Cessna 172M, N9263H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Smith Airport (43KS), Manhattan, Kansas. The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported flying a visual approach to Runway 17. During the planned low approach, the pilot noticed engine power was low. The airplane was unable to climb at a normal rate and the subsequently impacted trees and fence poles off the end of the runway, which resulted in damage to both wings. The airplane was retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9263H
Model/Series: 172M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
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: KMHK,1048 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.74 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Manhattan, KS (MHK)
Destination: Manhattan, KS (MHK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.101942,-96.417777 (est)

Aircraft conducted a low approach and impacted the trees at the end of the runway.  

Date: 21-APR-22
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N9263H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: MANHATTAN
State: KANSAS