Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Cessna 172N Skyhawk II, N711DA: Accident occurred April 19, 2022 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Denver, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft Solutions Group LLC

Location: Englewood, Colorado 
Accident Number: CEN22LA179
Date and Time: April 19, 2022, 11:30 Local 
Registration: N711DA
Aircraft: Cessna 172N 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On April 19, 2022, at 11:30 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N711DA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Englewood, Colorado. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor reported that during the landing on runway 28, the student pilot was the pilot flying. The airplane touched down and immediately veered to the right. The student pilot attempted to correct with left rudder, but the airplane continued to veer to the right. The flight instructor then took the flight controls. She reported that she heard a “rumbling noise” coming from the nose wheel area of the airplane. The airplane exited the right side of the runway, impacted a taxiway sign, and came to a rest in a ditch. The horizontal stabilizer was substantially damaged.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N711DA
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAPA,5870 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /-6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 13000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Centennial, CO (APA) 
Destination: Centennial, CO (APA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.56,-104.85033 (est)

Aircraft slid off runway into a ditch. 

Date: 19-APR-22
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N711DA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

South Metro Fire Rescue -

At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, SMFR responded to an aircraft emergency at Centennial Airport. 

A Cessna 172N Skyhawk II was landing when it left Runway 28, hit a sign, and stopped in the grassy area between Runway 10/28 and the Charlie Taxiway. 

Air Traffic Controllers declared an emergency and used a digital notification system that simultaneously alerted SMFR Dispatchers and crews at nearby Station’s 35 and 44 that an incident occurred. 

While the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) personnel were responding, Dispatch, Airport Operations personnel and Air Traffic Controllers shared additional information and coordinated the emergency response. 

Once on scene, the ARFF units positioned for possible fire suppression and rescue needs. 

Red 1 positioned at the nose or 12 o’clock position, Red 2 positioned at the 10 o’clock position to protect the exit path for occupants and Red 3 positioned at the tail or 6 o’clock position. 

Two Medic units also responded and thankfully both occupants of the plane were not injured. 

Firefighters checked the aircraft for hazards like leaking fuel and smoke conditions and verified there were none. 

The FAA and NTSB will review the incident and release their findings once their investigation is complete.


  1. Older late 1970s era 172N which looks like it is repairable. The question is what does the flight school insurance company say about it. The N model was the first one I learned how to fly in back in the early 1990s but it was already considered aged back then compared to the newer P models we had.

  2. On departure from APA, the pilot requested to depart the airspace to the southeast, but instead turned due east. The aircraft that departed behind her was also on an easterly course, but remained north of 711DA. The Tower inquired about 711DA's course multiple times and finally insisted that she turn 30 degrees to the right. It appears the accident happened after substantial training in the practice area to the SE of APA.

  3. Also of note, the photos from the rear of 711DA show 3 green Metroliners on the ramp and forward of the accident Cessna. The third one, with just a tiny glimpse of white wrapped on the fuselage, is the Metroliner that was involved in a mid-air collision with a Cirrus about a year ago.

    1. OH man what a great observation! I'd have never put that together and just casually assumed they were old scrappers without a second thought of those Key Lime Air Metroliners were even the airline involved as the cargo colors of the one involved a year ago. People forget, but you sure did not and thank you!