Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Cessna 177B Cardinal, N177D: Accident occurred December 26, 2022 at Franklin Municipal Airport (KFKN), Wight County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aircraft landed and struck a tree. 

Date: 27-DEC-22
Time: 01:44:00Z
Regis#: N177D
Aircraft Make: Cessna
Aircraft Model: 177
Event Type: Accident 
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Flight Crew: 1 Unknown Injuries
Pax: 0 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: Unknown
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

FRANKLIN, Virginia — Last night, Virginia State Police received a call around 8:48 p.m. about a Cessna 177B Cardinal crash at the Franklin Municipal Airport.

The pilot, Randall Barger of Newport News, “crashed as he was approaching the runway,” according to a press release.

There was no one on the plane besides Barger. He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Norfolk General Hospital.


  1. They need to stop planting those trees on the runway. They’re hard to see, especially at night.

    1. Take a look at flight aware and look at the track. Then consider there's no fuel at FKN at night and that plane is based another 25mi north of there...