Runway excursion Accident Cessna 172M N789FW,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 268846
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Date:Monday 18 December 2000
Time:21:27 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172M
Registration: N789FW
MSN: 17264703
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:MEDFORD, New Jersey -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:MEDFORD, NJ (N14)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During a local night VFR flight, the airplane experienced a complete loss of electrical power, and the pilot returned to his home airport. The pilot was unable to activate the runway lights, but the runway was equipped with VASI approach lighting. The passenger shined a flashlight on the instruments, and the pilot performed a no-flaps approach to a landing halfway down the runway. The airplane overran the runway and struck a ditch. Interpolation of a short field landing distance performance chart from the airplane owner's manual revealed that the distance required to land over a 50-foot obstacle with no flaps deployed was 1,687 feet. The runway was 3,496 feet long, and 75 feet wide. The pilot was issued his pilot certificate on the day before the accident, and had 47 hours of flight experience, 3.5 hours of which was at night. All of his flight experience was in make and model. A test of the airplane's electrical system revealed that the voltage regulator was inoperative.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to attain the proper touchdown point. Factors included the loss of electrical power, the dark night, and the pilot's lack of night experience.

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



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