Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N20459: Accident occurred May 14, 2022 at Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport (KBQR), Erie County, New York












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; Rochester, New York

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Little Bird Airways LLC


Location: Lancaster, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA228
Date and Time: May 14, 2022, 14:10 Local
Registration: N20459
Aircraft: Cessna 172M 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N20459
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: BUF, 705 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lancaster, NY 
Destination: Lancaster, NY

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.922056,-78.611972 

Aircraft lost control on departure and flipped over. 

Date: 14-MAY-22
Time: 18:10:00Z
Regis#: N20459
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LANCASTER
State: NEW YORK

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