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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169192
Last updated: 18 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172R Skyhawk
Owner/operator:T&G Flying Club
Registration: N4207P
C/n / msn: 17280798
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North of Cuyahoga County Airport (KCGF), Cleveland, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:KCGF
Destination airport:KCGF
The pilot and three passengers boarded the airplane for a local flight at night. The controller cleared the flight for takeoff and observed the airplane lift off about 2,000 feet down the runway. Shortly after liftoff, the pilot contacted the controller and reported that the airplane was not "climbing fast" and that he wanted to make a left turn to return to the airport. The controller approved the left turn and observed the airplane begin a left turn and descend to impact with the terrain.

A postimpact fire ensued. Examination of the accident site indicated that the airplane impacted in a steep descent. The witness observations and the impact geometry are consistent with the pilot failing to maintain adequate airspeed while turning to return to the airport, resulting in the airplane exceeding its critical angle of attack and experiencing an aerodynamic stall. A postaccident examination of the airplane and engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have prevented normal operation of the aircraft. Weight and balance calculations showed that the airplane was between 93.6 and 165.6 pounds over maximum gross weight at the time of the accident. The decreased takeoff climb performance reported by the pilot was likely due to the airplane's over gross weight condition.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane while returning to the airport immediately after takeoff, which resulted in the airplane exceeding its critical angle of attack and entering an aerodynamic stall during the turn. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight planning, which resulted in the airplane being over maximum gross weight and its subsequent decrease in takeoff climb performance.


Revision history:

26-Aug-2014 05:32 Geno Added
26-Aug-2014 05:48 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
26-Aug-2014 06:12 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
26-Aug-2014 22:10 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Aug-2014 22:12 Aerossurance Updated [Registration, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
01-Sep-2014 13:40 Aerossurance Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2019 21:14 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]

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