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Tail numberN13145
Accident dateMay 02, 2000
Aircraft typeCessna 172M
LocationCornell, WI
Additional details: None

NTSB description

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On May 2, 2000, at 1050 central daylight time, a Cessna 172M, N13145, piloted by a private pilot, was destroyed by impact with terrain and post impact fire following a loss of control during climbout from runway 27 (2,420 feet X 45 feet, dry/asphalt) at Cornell Municipal Airport, near Cornell, Wisconsin. The personal flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot and two passengers sustained fatal injuries. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

A witness stated, "About time of rotation (nose wheel off) noticed flaps out. [A]mount of deflection unknown. [L]ooked as if flaps came out/down as climb out proceeded. Wasn't climbing well/poor rate of climb. Never got above 200-250 ft. AGL. Airplane came around toward downwind leg of pattern. Airplane looked in slow flight attitude. Sounded as if in full power. Airplane then went out of sight [and] crashed. Crashed/looked as if stalled then nose down and left. Airplane sounded at full power still at or till sound of crash."

Another witness stated, "I observed him taxi and the next I observed was the takeoff. I observed some flaps that seemed to be a short field takeoff. It appeared to not gain the normal altitude. He seemed to be in a climb attitude (not steep) and the flaps remained on. My estimate is aprox. 1 mile before he made his left turn." He further stated, "He made the normal pattern for downwind and was still in a climb attitude but not gaining altitude and the flaps appeared to be on. I observed downwind and he seemed to still not gain altitude and appeared to be about 1 1/2 tree lengths above the trees. My line of vision was then obscured by a tree and I heard the crash. I can not remember if the engine was running at the time of impact. It was through the rest. (During the initial climb and takeoff [the airplane operator] ran into the Unicom and called for [the pilot] to raise the flaps. No response. The flaps I believe never went up.)"

Another witness stated, "The plane crossed the highway and then I noticed the wings tipping up and down. It appeared to barely clear the trees over the wooded area on the south side of highway."

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot was an instrument rated private pilot. He held a Third Class Medical Certificate dated July 2, 1997. The medical indicated that he had asthma and it required him to carry an inhaler to exercise the rights of his certificate. His logbook and records indicated he had a total of 223 hours of flight time and two hours of flight time in the last 90 days.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The airplane was a Cessna 172M, serial number 172-62528. The airplane had its annual inspection performed on July 23, 1999. The airplane accumulated 6958 hours total time and 50 hours since its last inspection. The engine accumulated 4560 hours total time and 412 hours since its last overhaul.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

At 1055, the Rice Lake Municipal, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, weather was: Wind 200 degrees at 5 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 14 degrees C; dew point 8 degrees C; altimeter 30.11 inches of mercury.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The airplane came to rest in a field 223 degrees and .3 nautical miles from Cornell Municipal Airport and was located at latitude 45 degrees 09.662' N and longitude 091 degrees 06.650' W. The airplane was found resting approximately 80 degrees pitch down and on a 280 degree heading. The fuselage was found destroyed by fire. The left and right wings were found attached to their struts. The left wing tip was found imbedded in terrain immediately adjacent the wing and the outboard two feet of its leading edge was crushed rearward. The right wing's leading was crushed rearward from its strut outboard to the wing tip. The empennage was found inverted, resting on the ground, and on the left wing. The right elevator and rudder were destroyed by fire. The engine and propeller were found beneath the fuselage and were imbedded in soil.

An on-scene investigation was conducted. Control continuity was established to all control surfaces. Control continuity was established to the engine. The engine exhibited a thumb compression at all cylinders. Three and a half gallons of blue liquid were recovered from the compromised left fuel tank. The flap jackscrew was recovered and exhibited 5.9 inches of thread extension. According to the Cessna representative, the thread extension indicated 40 degrees of flap extension.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

The Office of the Medical Examiner, County of Ramsey, State of Minnesota performed an autopsy on the pilot, on May 3, 2000.

The Federal Aviation Administration Civil Aeromedical Institute prepared a Final Forensic Toxicology Fatal Accident Report. The report on the pilot was negative for the tests performed.

FIRE

The airplane sustained a post impact fire. The fire destroyed the cabin, the right wing inboard of the strut, fuselage, and the empennage forward and right of the left elevator. Vegetation near the impact caught on fire. A fire stop ditch was dug. The airplane operator reported that a three and a half acre grass fire occurred.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Parties to the investigation included the Federal Aviation Administration, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Textron Lycoming.

The airplane wreckage was released to a representative of the operator on May 4, 2000.

(c) 2009-2011 Lee C. Baker. For informational purposes only.