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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145455
Last updated: 16 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172F Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Cambridge Valley Flying Club Inc
Registration: N5551R
C/n / msn: 17253138
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:A corn field near Chapin Field Airport - 1B8, Cambridge, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Cambridge, NY (1B8)
Destination airport:Cambridge, NY (1B8)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot completed one takeoff and landing to a full stop on the 2,100-foot-long turf runway to observe the wind and "refresh" himself with the operation of the airplane. Two passengers then boarded the airplane for a local flight. The pilot taxied the airplane back to the runway and prepared to take off using a short-field takeoff technique. The airplane lifted off the runway after a takeoff roll of about 900 feet, and the pilot “crabbed” the airplane slightly right into the crosswind to track along the runway. About 30 feet above the runway, he leveled the airplane to “pick up speed” and tried to track the runway centerline. However, the airplane's nose landing gear impacted the ground and the airplane came to rest inverted, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage. Witnesses reported to the pilot that the airplane's tail lifted when the wind changed to a quartering tailwind during the takeoff, just before the nose landing gear impacted the ground.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of airplane control during a takeoff in variable crosswind conditions.



Revision history:

06-May-2012 04:03 gerard57 Added
06-May-2012 06:58 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2012 06:59 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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