Thursday, July 14, 2022

Other Weather Encounter: Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N7199G; accident occurred March 22, 2022 at Yoakum County Airport (F98), Plains, Texas

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; Lubbock, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

American Patriots Inc

Location: Plains, Texas 
Accident Number: CEN22LA155
Date and Time: March 22, 2022, 12:00 Local 
Registration: N7199G
Aircraft: Cessna 172K 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Other weather encounter
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation


After the landing the pilot stopped the airplane on the taxiway and noted that the airspeed indicator indicated almost 40 knots due to the wind. The pilot taxied the airplane toward the fuel pump with aileron crosswind correction and heard the stall warning horn sound. The wind lifted the right wing, so the pilot pulled the throttle to idle and applied the brakes. The left wing and propeller struck the ground as the wind continued to push the airplane across the ground. The left wing sustained substantial damage. After the pilot egressed, a gust of wing flipped the airplane inverted.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during taxi with a strong crosswind.


Environmental issues High wind - Effect on equipment
Environmental issues High wind - Contributed to outcome
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi-from runway Other weather encounter (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 22,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 5, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 20, 2022
Flight Time: 1468 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1300 hours (Total, this make and model), 1407 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 182 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7199G
Model/Series: 172K 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17258899
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 17, 2022 AAIP 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 24 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4532 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2D
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 150 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGNC,3315 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 165°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 4 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 21 knots / 34 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 360° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - None - Haze
Departure Point: Midland, TX (7T7)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Plains, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 08:01 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Yoakum County Airport F98
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3705 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3924 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.218249,-102.82631

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