Loss of control Accident Cessna 172N Skyhawk N4936D, 29 Dec 2013
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162895
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172N Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Vista Aviation
Registration: N4936D
MSN: 17272405
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Whiteman Airport (KWHP), Los Angeles, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Pacoima, CA (WHP)
Destination airport:Pacoima, CA (WHP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The private pilot and the flight instructor were conducting a local instructional flight. The pilot reported that, due to high wind, the flight instructor took the controls during the landing. He added that, as the airplane touched down, it encountered a wind gust and then became airborne. The flight instructor applied power in an attempt to crab into the wind and avoid colliding with the air traffic control tower. The airplane then encountered another wind gust, ascended to about 50 ft, continued to drift left of the runway, and then rolled. The flight instructor was unable to maintain control, and the airplane subsequently descended and collided with power transmission lines, impacted a building, and came to rest in a nearby parking lot. The reported wind at the airport about the time of the accident was a 22-knot crosswind gusting up to 26 knots. The pilots reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The flight instructor’s inadequate compensation for the gusting crosswind conditions during landing, which resulted in a loss of airplane control.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

30-Dec-2013 02:07 Geno Added
30-Dec-2013 02:13 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2013 02:37 Geno Updated [Narrative]
07-Jan-2014 20:25 Geno Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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