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    Default Cessna 172 accidents in 2013

    As part of a review for the Cessna 172 web site, I read all the NTSB reports for Cessna 172s during 2013. Somewhat like I did for Super Cubs a couple months ago...

    The C-172 results are very different.
    Basically, if you keep Student Pilots, CFIs and Banner Tow Pilots away from your C-172 it might live to be a ripe old age.

    Also of note was that the firewall and nose wheels on newer C-172s are made of card board and tissue paper.

    C-172 accidents and incidents Jan 2013 to Jan 2014

    92 Non Fatal in USA. 14 involved fatalities in the USA

    Fatal C172 Accidents in the USA:

    172K: Plane was seen to suddenly start low level flying and maneuvering. Then impacted straight down into the ground.

    172F: Canadian club rental that entered US illegally and crashed in late night IFR conditions at the Nashville TN airport.

    172C: Crashed shortly after departing Fairbanks AK during first turn to course.

    172 : Student pilot was killed during take-off in a 1957 C-172. The aileron interconnect cable was separated in a broom-straw manner consistent with overload.

    172M: Renter Pilot performed a runway low pass followed by erratic flying and a full power dive into the ground.

    172M: Electronic test plane experienced a possible in flight fire and struck a power line during an emergency landing.

    172M: New private pilot attempted gross weight take-off with full flaps. Crashed and burned.

    172K: Flight instructor struck power line after taking control away from a student pilot in the pattern,

    172S: In flight collision with another aircraft at 900ft agl.

    172M: In Flight collision with a 172RG.

    172RG: See Above

    172M: Controlled flight into terrain during worsening IFR conditions.

    172S: Renter pilot impacted mountainous terrain in clear weather conditions.

    NON FATAL C-172 Accidents in the USA:

    172N: CFI and client drifted off path in crosswind and struck power lines.

    172M: Hit airport fence during aborted take-off.

    172N: Student pilot slammed nose into runway, blew tire and bent firewall.

    172: 180HP converted C-172 ran into building during engine start.

    172S: 45 hour Student pilot veered off runway and hit sign.

    172: Older C-172 sank into soft sand and nosed over in Alaskan Beach Landing.

    172N: Converted to tail-wheel a dragging brake caused a ground loop.

    172M: Un registered plane flown my unlicensed pilot may have had fuel starvation and stalled on final.

    172M: Nose over during forced landing after rough engine in flight.

    172S: Struck on taxi-way by a Pitts Special.

    172P: Bird strike while in cruise flight with substantial damage.

    172R: Student pilot landing long during T&Gs ran into trees.

    172F: Forced landing of banner-tow plane after engine over-heat and seize.

    172N: Forced landing after power loss. Cause not yet listed.

    172B: Deer ran onto runway and was struck during landing phase.

    172R: Student pilot lost directional control and damaged firewall.

    172S: CFI too slow to take controls from student during bad landing.

    172E: Pilot overshot 1,950ft long runway and went into the woods on landing.

    172L: Student pilot stalled at low speed while on final.

    172S: Student pilot ran nose wheel into runway and bounced until it broke.

    172R: Low time pilot landed too long and ran off runway and into a pond.

    172P: 80 hour pilot lost control while landing with passengers. Said the rudder was sticking.

    172S: Student pilot landed fast and hard, then porpoised until the nose gear broke.

    172S: 53 hour pilot stalled so high on landing that one main gear collapsed.

    172E: Student pilot became disoriented during a cross country flight and could not out-climb rising terrain. Plane was damaged during a forced landing.

    172B: Forced landing in a lake after multi engine stoppages caused by ice or contaminated fuel.

    172S: Student pilot bounced on solo landing until firewall was damaged.

    172: Older C-172, Struck deer during take-off rotation.

    172H: Struck windsock pole during taxi

    172S: 53 hour pilot had hard landing and damaged firewall.

    172RG: Gear up landing while practicing engine out landings.

    172N: Student pilot bounced and porpoised until nose gear collapsed.

    172S: 200 hour pilot on night flight forgot to remove a straight pin from yoke lock hole before attempting take-off.

    172N: 13 hour solo student pilot lost control during cross wind landing and nose gear collapsed with firewall damage.

    172M: banner-tow pick-up gone wrong. Forced landing in trees,

    172N: 130 hour pilot hit fuel dock with wing during taxi.

    172S: Student pilot bounced landing, stuck prop and buckled firewall. THEN FLEW BACK TO HOME BASE !!!!

    172S: 54 hour student pilot bounced landing, hit prop and damaged firewall and door frame.

    172S: Student pilot lost control in 8 knot quartering cross wind landing and never slowed down until the plane was in a ditch.

    172S: Student pilot lost control, CFI was too late and plane left runway and nosed over.

    172P: Failure to reach flying speed during take-off and hit a fence.

    172S: Hit by a C-182 during night taxi.

    172M: Taxied onto access road and struck a sign.

    172S: 183 hour pilot reported complete engine failure on final but managed a forced landing in the grass.

    172S: 87 hour student pilot exceeded his angle of attack and stalled after a bounce landing.

    172M: Crashed just past the runway during touch and goes. Serious injuries.

    172S: Plane porpoised during 17 knot gust cross wind landing. Nose gear collapsed.

    172P: Take-off stall after weaving off runway by student pilot who was conflicting with CFI for control of the plane.

    172L: 78 hour student pilot lost control during 4 knot cross wind landing.

    172A: Impacted trees after partial power loss due to carb ice.

    172M: Loss of control on mountain dirt strip and collision with trees.

    172N: Passenger walked into the prop during hot engine passenger drop off.

    172RG: Not secured well enough during hand start. Plane hit another parked plane.

    172S: Student pilot bounced Landing until prop strike and firewall damage and then made one more landing.

    172N: 53 hour student pilot sank on flare, bounced, dug nose wheel and nosed over.

    172M: Wire strike while landing on road.

    172M: landing stall impact during banner-tow check ride.

    172M: Forced landing damage after partial and then full power loss.

    172N: Pilot attempted return to runway at 400ft agl after power loss following take-off.

    172N: Attempted banner pick up resulted in banner line being snagged by nose-gear. Crash followed.

    172N: No. 3 cylinder exhaust valve rocker arm stud had backed out of the cylinder, which prevented the exhaust valve from opening properly. Specifically, the loose rocker arm stud prevented the pushrod from depressing the exhaust valve far enough in to release exhaust from the cylinder, which damaged the intake valve pushrod and caused a complete loss of engine power.

    172P: 136 hour pilot landed long and hot, then hit trees while attempting go-around.

    172N: Loss of control during gusty conditions and impact with trees after hard bounce.

    172G: Power loss during cruise and forced landing in mud. A postaccident examination revealed that the throttle control had separated from the carburetor's throttle arm.

    172N: Loss of control and left runway during cross wind landing.

    172K: 220 hour pilot lost control in 16 knot gusts and flipped during take-off run.

    172M: Cartwheeled into the ground after being unable to climb. Post crash engine test showed mis-timed mags and low compression cylinders. One pilot, two passengers, with a field density altitude of 2,061 feet. 223 hour TT pilot.

    172S: 4 hour student and 300 hour CFI weaving during take-off and pre-mature attempt to lift off with density altitude of nearly 2,400 ft. Stalled and smacked wing and tail.

    172: Forced landing in a marsh following full power loss. A postaccident examination revealed that the external and cross-tank vent lines were obstructed by foreign material likely deposited by insects.

    172R: 48 hour student pilot lost control in 8 knot cross wind and ran into a ditch.

    172N: 48 hour pilot and 3 passengers, could not handle cross wind and went into trees during take-off run.

    172?: 52 knot wind gusts from storm front flipped plane while taxiing.

    172G: Ran out of GAS, landed on street and hit a fence.

    172?: 51 hour pilot taxied wing into fuel tank.

    172N: 41 hour student pilot struck tree during go-around

    172L: Pilot reported that the planes engine went to full power on ice and snow until it flipped over. Post accident tests could not find the cause.

    172?: 83 hour student pilot lost control while landing on ice. Snapped off nose gear.

    172M: 40 hour student pilot hit power lines following botched landing and botched go-around. Wind was gusting to 18 knots.

    172P: 36 hour student pilot bounced landing until nose gear structure failed.

    172F: Hit by taxiing Piper while stationary....

    172A: Pilot lost control while landing on icy road and went into snow bank.

    172P: Left quartering headwind at 15 knots, with gusts to 20 knots. Pilot bounced after landing long and damaged firewall.

    172N: Struck fence after attempting take-off from dirt road.

    172?: DRUNK PILOT, stalled, crashed and burned. But pilot survived.

    172M: 250 hour pilot landed on ice in 15 knot winds. Struck snow bank and flipped.

    172L: Student pilot lost control on landing, hit ditch and sheared off the nose gear.

    172N: Cruise flight into terrain at 103 knots after pilot took off with passengers in IFR conditions. No flight plan and no weather check. Alaska school district flight.

    172?: Power loss in cruise in 180 horse C-172, forced landing in rough terrain and flip over.

    172?: 160 hour pilot hit runway sign during attempted soft field take-off.

    172S: Low time pilot and CFI bounced nose wheel until it failed. Trim was found to be full down...

    172F: Total power loss shortly after annual inspection. Force landing in muddy field.

    172RG: Partial gear extension on landing.
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    This is an interesting safety video which sorta links into this discussion.

    It reminds me of the young knucklehead CFI I had for my instrument rating many years ago. I had 4 times the hours he did at the time. During a night instrument flight he decided to show off and put the C-172M into an INVERTED SPIN at night. We were way past VNE upon recovery. He was eventually fired, but it makes me wonder about that plane.{4136FD83-ACB0-49B5-B7AF-D197000D19F7}#ooid=dteG5qZDrSnh1WHTGtJp7PWJYG3RtzS w
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    As a banner tow pilot, I can tell you that a C-172 is not my choice for that sort of flying. If the ground line attacks the tailwheel, the pilot can do something bout that. If it grabs the nose gear, the pilot will find out about it right away - - - but his airspeed will already be at rock bottom. Not many options from there .............................

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    I can't see where a C-172 would be a very good banner tow plane. But there are lots of old ones on the market so it might be a cost deal..
    The CAP had a few as glider tow planes and I am not all that nuts about those either. Then for some reason they also bought some Maules that were NOSE WHEEL converted and used them as glider tow planes... They really look funny.
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    Nosewheel Maules are conversion involved. Other than that...I have nothing to add...carry on...

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    It still looks weird, no matter if they goofed up a perfectly good design here or there.
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    Just looks like a tripacer on steroids...I don't mind 'em. They need bigger tires though.

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    N64456 ... 172M .... sold the girl at about 10,000 hrs. to the Elmendorf flying club. I put about 800 hrs on her and landed and took off from off airport places like Polly Creek, Kustutan River, Chulitna River, Macloud bay, Montague Is., Lake Creek gravel bar on the Yetna, and all over the Kinik river valley with 800 x 6 mains and a 600 nose wheel ... as well as three trips down through Canada to the Pacific Northwest ... Washington and Oregon. The point is, in the right hands it is most likely the safest plane there is, the Lyc 0320-E2D was absolutley indestructable.


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