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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142184
Last updated: 15 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172L Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Champlain Island Hoppers Inc
Registration: N811P
C/n / msn: 17260298
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Savage Island Airport - VT15, Grand Isle, VT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Burlington, VT (BTV)
Destination airport:Grand Isle, VT (29VT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that before departing for a private airport, he called the owner of the airport to inquire about the condition of the turf runway. The owner reported that the runway appeared to be "okay." Upon reaching the destination airport, the pilot conducted two approaches to the runway that were "steeper and faster" than he desired, and he aborted both landing attempts. On the third approach, the airplane touched down about 500 feet from the runway threshold. After touchdown, the pilot realized that he had little braking effectiveness and was unable to stop the airplane. The airplane traveled off the departure end of the runway and impacted trees, resulting in substantial damage to both the left and right wings. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any mechanical malfunctions or failures. The pilot and a Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that, although the grass on the runway appeared normal from the air, there was a layer of ice underneath due to rain and below-freezing temperatures for several days prior to the accident, resulting in slick runway conditions.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to stop the airplane on a grass runway with undetected ice.



Revision history:

30-Jan-2012 22:09 Geno Added
31-Jan-2012 00:39 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
26-May-2012 20:29 Geno Updated [Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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