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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232182
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Time:c. 20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172Q Cutlass
Owner/operator:Aviation Adventures
Registration: N96145
MSN: 17276029
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Big Timber Airport (6S0), Big Timber, MT -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Billings-Logan International Airport, MT (BIL/KBIL)
Destination airport:6S0
On January 16, 2020, about 2000 mountain standard time, a Cessna 172Q airplane, N96145, was
substantially damaged when it impacted the ground following a total loss of engine power near Big
Timber Airport (6S0), Big Timber, Montana. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured.
The airplane was registered to and operated by the flight instructor as an instructional flight.

According to the flight instructor, after an uneventful flight, the student pilot configured the airplane to
land on runway 24 at 6S0. During the approach he chose to perform a go around maneuver as the
airplane was too high, but performed a low approach over the runway instead at the request of his
instructor. The instructor noted that his student's initial climb actions were consistent with the airplane
checklist. They leveled the airplane off at 200 feet above ground level (agl) and flew the full length of
the runway before continuing the climbout at the departure end of the runway at 80 kts.

As the airplane passed about 250 ft agl in a climb to their desired altitude of about 500 ft agl, the
instructor observed a rattling sound accompanied by a slow drop in airspeed. At 70 kts, the instructor
took the controls from the student and began a left turn towards the airport. He verified the throttle
control was at the firewall and noted that the rattling sound was continuous. As the airspeed dropped to
65 kts he noted that the engine rpm was at 2,100 when he expected 2,300. The instructor pitched the
airplane for 50 kts and made a right turn moments before the airplane impacted the ground.
According to a diagram furnished by the instructor, the airplane impacted the ground about 425 yards
northwest of runway 24 and slid about 125 yards before it came to rest. The instructor located an
approximate 1 foot long section of blade tip in the debris path.



Revision history:

17-Jan-2020 17:33 Geno Added
09-Jun-2021 18:14 aaronwk Updated [Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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