Loss of control Accident Cessna 172M Skyhawk N20459,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 278257
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Date:Saturday 14 May 2022
Time:13:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172M Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Little Bird Airways LLC
Registration: N20459
MSN: 17261305
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:2894 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Unk
Location:Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport (BQR/KBQR), NY -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Lancaster, NY
Destination airport:Lancaster, NY
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight instructor reported that after she demonstrated a soft-field takeoff, she directed the student to conduct one. During the takeoff roll, the student maintained excessive back pressure on the control yoke and was told by the instructor to reduce the back pressure. Once the airplane lifted off the runway it started to veer to the left; the instructor again informed the student to reduce back pressure to decrease the pitch, but the student maintained a grip on the controls and held excessive right rudder. The instructor stated, 'I have the controls,' but the student 'locked up and blocked' them and failed to relinquish the controls. The instructor was able to reduce the pitch, but directional control was lost, and the left wing contacted the runway surface, and the airplane departed the runway and flipped over, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and airframe. The instructor stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's excessive pitch during takeoff resulted in a loss of control and impact with terrain. Contributing was the student's failure to relinquish the controls when ordered by the instructor.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA22LA228
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-May-2022 08:24 Captain Adam Added
22-Jul-2022 19:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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