Loss of control Accident Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP N5118J,
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Date:Monday 4 January 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP
Owner/operator:American King Air Services, Inc.
Registration: N5118J
MSN: 172S10931
Year of manufacture:2009
Engine model:Lycoming IO-360-L2A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:In a river off Olamon Island near Greenbush , ME -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Bangor, ME (KBGR)
Destination airport:Goose Bay, (CYYR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was attempting an instrument flight rules (IFR) transoceanic ferry flight in a new Cessna 172S. The flight had been delayed several days due to weather, and the pilot was anxious to return home to the United Kingdom, as his daughter was having surgery. The airplane was equipped with an approved auxiliary fuel tank, which resulted in a gross weight that was 30 percent higher than the published maximum gross weight for the airplane. The higher gross weight was also approved under a special airworthiness certificate; however, the operating limitations for that certificate included, "15. Avoid moderate to severe turbulence." Additionally, the pilot contacted a flight service station and was aware of airmen's meteorological information (AIRMET)s for IFR conditions, moderate turbulence below 11,000 feet, and moderate ice below 13,000 feet, with the freezing level ranging between the surface and 2,500 feet. All three AIRMETS were in effect at the time of departure and the pilot was also aware of cloud and precipitation locations. The airplane flew about 25 miles northeast of the departure airport, then reversed course when the pilot could no longer maintain an altitude of 6,000 feet mean sea level (msl) and was having difficulty controlling the airplane in turbulence and icing conditions. The airplane flew approximately 7 miles after the course reversal, descending to 1,200 feet msl, until radar contact was lost. A witness reported that the airplane flew overhead about 100 to 200 feet above ground level, with continuous engine noise, until it impacted a river. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Light snow and drizzle prevailed at the time of departure.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to attempt a transoceanic flight in turbulent, icing conditions, with an overweight airplane that was not approved for moderate turbulence and not equipped with deicing systems. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's personal pressure to return home.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA10LA105
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report





Photo: FAA

Revision history:

04-Jan-2010 10:50 slowkid Added
04-Jan-2010 10:57 slowkid Updated [Location, Narrative]
04-Jan-2010 11:04 Anon. Updated [Location, Narrative]
04-Jan-2010 11:29 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
04-Jan-2010 21:21 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Jan-2010 21:31 slowkid Updated [[Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]]
04-Jan-2010 21:53 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 12:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 16:05 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Photo, ]

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