Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, 30 West LLC, N35079: Accident occurred January 31, 2016 at Merritt Island Airport (KCOI), Brevard County, Florida

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA114 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Merritt Island, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N35079
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that during landing on his third solo flight, the approach to the runway was high and fast, and that during touchdown, the nose wheel touched first resulting in a porpoise. 

During the porpoise, the airplane drifted to the left and the pilot elected to abort the landing. He advanced the throttle to full power, which increased the yaw to the left. The airplane exited the runway to the left, impacted a ditch, and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left lift strut, empennage, and fuselage.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's improper flare which resulted in a porpoise, runway excursion, and nose over.

30 WEST LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N35079

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA114 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Merritt Island, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N35079
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that during landing on his third solo flight, the approach to the runway was high and fast, and that during touchdown, the nose wheel touched first resulting in a porpoise.

During the porpoise, the airplane drifted to the left and the pilot elected to abort the landing. He advanced the throttle to full power, which increased the yaw to the left. The airplane exited the runway to the left, impacted a ditch, and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left lift strut, empennage, and fuselage.

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










Brevard County Fire Rescue crews are at the site of a small aircraft that apparently flipped over near the runway of the Merritt Island Airport.

The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, was not injured and refused further treatment from paramedics at the site, officials reported. 


Investigators say the Cessna 172R Skyhawk overturned while making a landing on Runway 11.


The incident happened about 10:22 a.m. today along the 900 block of Airport Boulevard after the aircraft apparently skid along the grass and overturned.


No fuel leaks were reported and the incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration. 


The National Transportation Safety Board will review the pilot's statement along with the plane's instrumentation to determine what caused the incident.


An investigation is ongoing.


Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.floridatoday.com





















AIRCRAFT:   2001 Cessna 172R N35079, s/n:17281061 - Current tach 5840.8

ENGINE:   Lycoming IO-360-L2A ,  S/N: L-27185-51A

PROPELLER:  McCauley s/n: QF001

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE(S):  1013.4 TT at last annual inspection on Feb 13, 2015 tach 5568.9, Current tach 5840.8

PROPELLER:  2353.0 SMOH at last annual inspection on Feb 13, 2015, tach 5568.9, Current tach 5840.8

AIRFRAME:  5568.9 TT at last annual inspection dated Feb 13, 2015, tach 5568.9, Current tach 5840.8

OTHER EQUIPMENT:  (2) KING KX155A NAV/COMM, KING KT75C transponder, KING KAP 140 auto pilot

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On January 31, 2016, N35079 ran off the runway during landing, flipped over, and came to rest in a drainage ditch

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   The damage includes but may not be limited to:
Both wings are damaged
Flaps and ailerons are damaged
The firewall is warped
The propeller is bent
The engine suffered a prop strike inspection and was immersed in water
The tail is twisted and almost separated.
Horizontal stab and rudder are damaged
The windows are broken

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:        Merritt Island, Florida    

REMARKS:  Logs are in the custody of SIAI, Ormond Beach, FL.

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N35079.htm

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