Friday, July 15, 2022

Collision with Object (non-CFIT): Cessna 172A Skyhawk, N7572T; accident occurred April 25, 2022 near Berry Hill Airport (7GA7), Stockbridge, Henry County, Georgia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Stockbridge, Georgia 
Accident Number: ERA22LA204
Date and Time: April 25, 2022, 17:42 Local 
Registration: N7572T
Aircraft: Cessna 172A 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The private pilot said his approach to land was unstabilized. When the airplane was about halfway down the 3,000 ft-long runway and about 150 ft above the ground, the flight instructor took control of the airplane, added full power and attempted to go-around. The instructor said he retracted 10 degrees of flaps once he thought the airplane established a positive rate of climb; however, the stall warning horn sounded. He lowered the nose of the airplane to gain airspeed, but the stall warning horn continued to sound. To avoid powerlines and trees located off the end of the runway, the flight instructor turned to execute a forced landing on a road. He fully retracted the flaps, and the airplane clipped the power lines and impacted the road. The private pilot, who was an aviation maintenance technician, said the engine was operating normally and that the airplane just did not have enough airspeed and altitude to clear the power lines.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The flight instructor’s delayed remedial action during an unstabilized approach, which resulted in an impact with powerlines and a subsequent loss of control.


Personnel issues Delayed action - Instructor/check pilot
Aircraft Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Airspeed - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Altitude - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Tower/antenna (incl guy wires) - Ability to respond/compensate

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) (Defining event)
Uncontrolled descent Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 26,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: July 26, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 19, 2021
Flight Time: 620 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 502 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 34 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 61,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 26, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 1, 1991
Flight Time: 120 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7572T
Model/Series: 172A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 47172
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 23, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2303 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHMP,881 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Stockbridge, GA 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Stockbridge, GA 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Berry Hill 7GA7 
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 770 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 40 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 33.535556,-84.179056

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