Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N72AF, Ameriflyers of California, Inc: Accident occurred January 05, 2016 at Sulfur Springs Municipal Airport (KSLR), Hopkins County, Texas

American Flyers of California, Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N72AF 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA092
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 05, 2016 in Sulfur Springs, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 172R, registration: N72AF
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 5, 2016 about 1235 Central Standard Time, a Cessna 172R, N72AF, impacted terrain while attempting to land at the Sulfur Springs Municipal Airport (SLR), Sulfur Springs, Texas. The solo student pilot on board was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned and operated by American Flyers of California, Incorporated, a 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross country flight that was operating on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated at Dallas, Texas, at 1150.

The student pilot reported he was landing at SLR when during touchdown, he lost control of the airplane. The airplane crossed over a grass strip onto a taxiway, crossed the taxiway and impacted in a ditch. The nose wheel stuck in the ditch and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder, left wing strut, cowling, firewall and engine mount. The nose gear was separated at the firewall. An examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies to the flight controls, engine or other airplane systems.

At 1235, the reported weather conditions at SLR were wind calm, clear skies, visibility 10 statute miles, temperature 5 degrees Celsius (C), dew point -2 degrees C, and altimeter 30.37 inches of Mercury.

Cessna 172R, N72AF,  Ameriflyers of California, Inc:  Incident occurred January 03, 2016 in Addison,  Dallas County, Texas

Date: 03-JAN-16

Time: 19:46:00Z
Regis#: N72AF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05
State: Texas


Tuesday, January 5, shortly before 1 p.m., a Cessna fixed wing single-engine plane owned by Airflyers of America of California, Inc., located in Addison, Texas, crashed on approach from the north planning to land at the Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport.

Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport officials told us that Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials will be on sight investigating the crash scene today. Preliminary findings will be released within a month and a final investigation report will follow the preliminary findings.

A call to Airflyers of America by KSST resulted in no information. 

KSST was told, “We have no information on [the crash] and there is no one here who can give any information on it.”

The plane that crashed is featured on the company website. 

The company is a pilot training school and the plane’s pilot was still in training.

 The pilot walked away from the crash with no serious injuries. 

There were no other passengers on board.

KSST News noted that the plane veered off the runway to the left and once hitting the ditch, the plane flipped and landing upside down in the ditch between the two runways. 

Landing tire marks were visible on the runway. 

There was also visible damage to the landing gear.

Story and video:  http://www.ksstradio.com

The pilot of this Cessna 172 Skyhawk escaped injury during the noon hour Tuesday when the single-engine flipped upside down while landing at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport, according to Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders.

“A four-seater Cessna came in landing north to south and touched down and went about 30 meters [100 feet],” Sanders said. “The pilot advised it pulled hard to the left, left the runway, crossed grass and a taxiway and caught a culvert and flipped over.”

The airplane, registered to Ameriflyers of Addison, was heavily damaged in the accident.

Source:  http://www.myssnews.com

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