Sunday, June 19, 2022

Aerodynamic Stall/Spin: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N737BW; accident occurred June 12, 2022 at Minot International Airport (KMOT), Ward County, North Dakota

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Brannen, John

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Pietsch Aircraft Restoration & Repair Inc

Location: Minot, North Dakota 
Accident Number: CEN22LA291
Date and Time: June 12, 2022, 14:40 Local 
Registration: N737BW
Aircraft: Cessna 172N 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The student pilot reported that he intended to depart the airport to the southeast. He stated that the airplane accelerated, and rotated at 55 kts, after which he did not notice an increase in altitude or airspeed. He then "brought the airplane to a neutral configuration to build airspeed.” The airplane yawed and when it was about 45° from runway heading the student pilot reduced power and attempted to land. He noted that he still had right rudder input for takeoff, and this induced a hard right turn. The right wing stalled, and the airplane impacted on the right landing gear. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the forward fuselage. The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed and yaw control of the airplane during an aborted takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with the ground. 


Aircraft Yaw control - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Airspeed - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff-rejected takeoff Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student 
Age: 25, Male
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 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 7, 2022
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 43 hours (Total, all aircraft), 20 hours (Total, this make and model), 4.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N737BW
Model/Series: 172N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: None
Serial Number: 17269300
Landing Gear Type: 
Tricycle Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 6, 2022 100 hour 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1
Airframe Total Time: 6888 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMOT, 1657 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:19 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 133°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 320° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.65 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Minot, ND 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Minot, ND 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1715 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7700 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 48.2576,-101.278(est)

Aircraft cleared for takeoff and veered off runway. 

Date: 12-JUN-22
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N737BW
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of the individual involved in an airplane crash on June 12 at the Minot International Airport.

The person in question has been identified as Jonis Nava, a 24-year-old male from Minot.

Nava, a student pilot, attempted to take off from the Minot International Airport at 2:19 p.m Sunday in a Cessna 172N Skyhawk. According to reports, he was unable to get the aircraft fully airborne, and crashed as a result.

Nava sustained minor injuries, and was transported to Trinity Hospital for treatment.

The aircraft received major damage after colliding with the airport runway.

The incident remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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AIRCRAFT:   1977 Cessna 172N N737BW, s/n: 17269300

Current Hobbs 2148.2; AFTT 6888                                                            

ENGINE:   Lycoming O-360-A4N, 4116.69 TSMOH                        

PROPELLER:   Sensenich 76EM85PY-0-60


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DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:   On 06/12/22, aircraft veered off the runway on take off at Minot, North Dakota.                               
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Minot Aero Center, Minot, North Dakota 

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