Monday, February 28, 2022

Piper PA-18-135 (L-21B) Super Cub, N99640: Accidents occurred February 27, 2022 and July 16, 2021

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; Anchorage, Alaska


Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA020
Date and Time: February 27, 2022, 12:32 Local 
Registration: N99640
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-135
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 27, 2022, about 1232 Alaska standard time, a Piper PA-18-135 airplane, N99640, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Palmer, Alaska. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that after departure from the Wolf Lake Airport (4AK6) and about 100 ft above ground level, the engine began to run rough and shake violently. In an effort to restore engine power, he applied carburetor heat, selected the left fuel tank, then the right fuel tank before returning to the both selection to no avail. He reduced the engine power to control the shaking and conducted an emergency landing. During the emergency landing, the airplane impacted a burn barrel and came to rest against a hangar sustaining substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-360 series engine. A detailed wreckage examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N99640
Model/Series: PA-18-135 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
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: PAAQ,230 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 20000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.54 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wasilla, AK 
Destination: Wasilla, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 61.639338,-149.28758

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; Fairbanks, Alaska

Location: Skwentna, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC21LA060
Date and Time: July 16, 2021, 12:20 Local 
Registration: N99640
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-135 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot stated that he was landing on an unimproved runway with calm winds. After landing, he applied brakes, but felt he needed more. When he increased brake pressure, the tail of the airplane rose, the prop struck the ground and the airplane flipped over, resulting in substantial damage to the rudder, vertical stabilizer and right lift strut. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 pilot’s use of excessive braking which resulted in a nose-over.

Findings

Aircraft Brake - Incorrect use/operation
Aircraft Surface speed/braking - Incorrect use/operation
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 71
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: BasicMed 
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 7, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 19, 2021
Flight Time: 27085 hours (Total, all aircraft), 84 hours (Total, this make and model), 19132 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N99640
Model/Series: PA-18-135 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 54-2642
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: September 8, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 55 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3542 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O320-A2B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 160 Horsepower
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: PATK, 356 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 41 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 107°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 310° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wasilla, AK (4AK6) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Skwentna, AK 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 10:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PRIVATE PVT
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 1384 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 62.533065,-151.50171(est)

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, N99GL: Incident occurred February 27, 2022 at Fallbrook Community Airpark (L18), San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aircraft landed and nosed over incurring a propeller strike. 


Date: 27-FEB-22
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N99GL
Aircraft Make: GREAT LAKES
Aircraft Model: 2T-1A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FALLBROOK
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9010H and Cessna 206 Super Skywagon, N181DH

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; Riverside, California

Flex Air Holdings Inc


Location: Banning, California 
Accident Number: WPR22LA111
Date and Time: February 26, 2022, 09:35 Local
Registration: N9010H
Aircraft: Cessna 172M
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N9010H
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: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: San Diego, CA (KMYF)
Destination: Palm Springs, CA (KPSP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.922556,-116.85097 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

February 26, 2022:Cessna 206 Super Skywagon, N181DH, was parked in the hangar and struck by Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9010H, at Banning Municipal Airport (KBNG), Riverside County, California.


Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 17:53:00Z
Regis#: N181DH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
City: BANNING
State: CALIFORNIA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

February 14, 2020:  Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9010H, left wing hit a fuel truck at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California.

Date: 14-FEB-20
Time: 16:21:00Z
Regis#: N9010H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Temco GC-1B Swift, N78325: Incident occurred February 27, 2022 at Vance Brand Airport (KLMO), Boulder County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 27-FEB-22
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N78325
Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Aircraft Model: GC-1B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LONGMONT
State: COLORADO

Piper PA-28: Incident occurred February 27, 2022 at Groton-New London Airport (KGON), Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley

Aircraft landed and veered off the runway.

Date: 27-FEB-22
Time: 04:30:00Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GROTON
State: CONNECTICUT

Cirrus SF-50 Vision, N149VB: Incident occurred February 25, 2022 at North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft was taxiing and veered into the grass. 


Date: 25-FEB-22
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N149VB
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SF50
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: WEST PALM BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Akrotech G-202, N202SF: Incident occurred February 25, 2022 at Ocala International Airport (KOCF), Marion County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft tailwheel collapsed on landing. 


Date: 25-FEB-22
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N202SF
Aircraft Make: AKRO TECH
Aircraft Model: G-202
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OCALA
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-46-350P, N515TA: Incident occurred February 25, 2022 at Tallahassee International Airport (KTLH), Leon County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aircraft struck a bird on departure damaging the leading edge of the left wing. 

Tomcat Aviation Inc


Date: 25-FEB-22
Time: 14:53:00Z
Regis#: N515TA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: TALLAHASSEE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172B Skyhawk, N7762X: Incident occurred February 26, 2022 and Accident occurred May 05, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

February 26, 2022: Aircraft made a successful forced landing due to engine issues.

Welton Law Firm


Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 16:57:00Z
Regis#: N7762X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: PERRY
State: FLORIDA

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

True Course LLC doing business as True Course Flight School

Location: Fulton, New York
Accident Number: GAA18CA267
Date & Time: 05/05/2018, 0830 EDT
Registration: N7762X
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that, while practicing landings, he thought the wind was becoming "gusty", so he increased his approach speed. He added that, over the runway threshold, he reduced throttle and felt the airplane enter ground effect. The airplane landed hard, bounced, and landed hard a second time. The student pilot added full power and turned off carburetor heat, and the airplane landed hard a third time. The nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest in the grass next to the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 37 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 230° at 7 knots. The same automated station reported that, about 24 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 260° at 7 knots. The airplane landed on runway 24.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing.

Findings

Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Other weather encounter
Landing Hard landing (Defining event)
Landing Abnormal runway contact
Landing Landing gear collapse
Landing Runway excursion

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/16/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 82.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 82.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 6.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N7762X
Model/Series: 172 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17248262
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:  Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300-D
Registered Owner: TRUE COURSE LLC
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: True Course Flight School
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFZY, 475 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1154 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 168°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fulton, NY (FZY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fulton, NY (FZY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: OSWEGO COUNTY (FZY)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 475 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3996 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.351944, -76.385556 (est)

Grumman American AA-5B, N81164: Incident occurred February 26, 2022 at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL), Polk County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft struck taxiway lights while landing. 

JWW Flying Inc


Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 00:22:00Z
Regis#: N81164
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA-5B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: LAKELAND
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N99442: Incidents occurred February 26, 2022 and June 25, 2020

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

February 26, 2022: Aircraft landed and veered off the runway into the grass at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, Florida

Florida Aviation Career Training Inc


Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 17:13:00Z
Regis#: N99442
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST AUGUSTINE
State: FLORIDA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

June 25, 2020: Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida.

J A Sheet Metal Inc

Date: 25-JUN-20
Time: 15:46:00Z
Regis#: N99442
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST AUGUSTINE
State: FLORIDA

Airbus A320-200, N121UW: Incidents occurred February 27, 2022 and March 09, 2021

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

February 27, 2022: Aircraft struck a bird on final approach leaving dent on the nose at Southwest Florida International Airport (KRSW), Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida.

American Airlines 
Date: 27-FEB-22
Time: 18:18:00Z
Regis#: N121UW
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL1866
City: FORT MYERS
State: FLORIDA

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

March 10, 2021:  Aircraft struck a bird near Norfolk International Airport (KORF), Virginia.

American Airlines 


Date: 10-MAR-21
Time: 03:37:00Z
Regis#: N121UW
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL310
City: NORFOLK
State: VIRGINIA

Piper PA-28-150 Cherokee, N5208W: Accident occurred February 26, 2022 in Savannah, Georgia

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 traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Pointblank Aviation Inc


Location: Savannah, Georgia
Accident Number: ERA22LA144
Date and Time: February 26, 2022, 10:43 Local
Registration: N5208W
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-150
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On February 26, 2022, at 1043 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-150, N5208W was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Savannah, Georgia. The student pilot was not injured. The solo instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he was on short final for landing on runway 01 at his home airport. He was completing a solo cross-country when the air traffic controller (ATC) in the tower instructed him to discontinue his approach, turn right, and enter the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern for landing on runway 28. Once established on the downwind leg, the pilot completed a right 360° turn as directed by ATC, before he continued the downwind leg and turned left onto the base leg of the airport traffic pattern.

When approaching the turn onto the final approach leg of the traffic pattern, the engine lost power. According to the pilot, the engine “sputtered” and the engine rpm “dropped, then came back up” before the rpm reduced to 300 rpm. Engine rpm was never restored, and the pilot chose to perform a forced landing in the Savannah River.

The airplane was recovered from the Savannah River under the supervision of a Federal Aviation Administration inspector. Flight control continuity was established from the flight controls to all flight control surfaces. Twenty gallons of water and fuel was drained from the airplane’s fuel tanks, of which “maybe 3 or 4 gallons” was fuel. According to the recovery specialist, “About 75% of that was from the left tank. There was about 5 gallons in the right tank, and maybe a gallon of that was fuel.” When asked if the fuel tanks were breached, he replied, “No, when the diver went down there were no ‘rainbows’ going to the surface or any evidence of fuel leaking. There were no ‘rainbows’ on the surface either.”

The fuel selector was found in the right tank position.

The engine was examined at an aircraft recovery facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The spark plugs were removed, the engine was rotated by hand at the propeller, and water was pumped from the cylinders.

During rotation, continuity was confirmed from the powertrain to the valvetrain and the accessory section. Compression was confirmed using the thumb method. The magnetos were removed and dried with compressed air. When actuated with a drill, they produced spark at all terminal leads. The carburetor was removed and disassembled and contained no water or fuel. The fuel inlet screen was intact and unobstructed. The engine driven fuel pump was removed, contained no water or fuel, and pumped fluid when actuated by hand. The electric fuel pump was removed, contained no fuel, and operated when powered by a battery.

The student pilot reported 24 total hours of flight experience, all of which were in the accident airplane make and model.

The airplane’s most recent annual inspection was completed January 18, 2022, at 4,030 total aircraft hours.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5208W
Model/Series: PA-28-150 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SAV,51 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3800 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Statesboro, GA (TBR)
Destination: Savannah, GA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.12758,-81.20213 (est)

Cessna 172B Skyhawk, N7599X: Incident occurred February 25, 2022 at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (KSAV), Chatham County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft veered off runway on departure. 


Date: 25-FEB-22
Time: 13:38:00Z
Regis#: N7599X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SAVANNAH
State: GEORGIA

Beech C-23 Sundowner, N6012J: Incident occurred February 27, 2022 at Quad City International Airport (KMLI), Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft was taxiing to the fuel pump, left wing struck the west fuel pump and then swung hitting the east fuel pump with the propeller. 

Quad City Area Flying Eagles Inc


Date: 27-FEB-22
Time: 20:50:00Z
Regis#: N6012J
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: C23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: MOLINE
State: ILLINOIS

Boeing 767-332ER (WL), N193DN: Incident occurred February 26, 2022 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (KCVG), Covington, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

Aircraft was on takeoff roll and aborted due to striking a bird. 

Delta Air Lines Inc


Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 16:37:00Z
Regis#: N193DN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 767
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL709
City: COVINGTON
State: KENTUCKY

Learjet 55, N55AR: Accident occurred February 26, 2022 at Boston Logan International Airport (KBOS), Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft struck a bird on departure damaging the #1 engine.  

Fly Private LLC


Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 19:41:00Z
Regis#: N55AR
Aircraft Make: LEARJET
Aircraft Model: 55
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: JET LOGISTICS
Flight Number: JLG55
City: BOSTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

American Aviation AA-1A Trainer, N7269L: Incident occurred February 25, 2022 at Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport (KTCS), Sierra County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aircraft landed and struck both tail and nose. 


Date: 25-FEB-22
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N7269L
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA-1A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: FERRY
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
State: NEW MEXICO

Diamond DA42 Twin Star, N198TS: Incident occurred February 26, 2022 at Bellefontaine Regional Airport (KEDJ), Logan County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aircraft nose wheel collapsed on landing, veered off runway striking a taxiway light. 

World Class Aviation Ltd


Date: 26-FEB-22
Time: 01:45:00Z
Regis#: N198TS
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA42
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BELLEFONTAINE
State: OHIO

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, N2446N: Incident occurred February 27, 2022 at Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU), Williamson County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft taxiing for departure main gear collapsed. 

Pilot's Choice Aviation Equipment Leasing Co


Date: 27-FEB-22
Time: 21:35:00Z
Regis#: N2446N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-38-112
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: GEORGETOWN
State: TEXAS