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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 241880
Last updated: 19 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Grondin Transport Inc.
Registration: C-FDLJ
C/n / msn: 17270120
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saint-Bernard-de-Beauce, QC -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:St-Frédéric, QC (CSZ4)
Destination airport:St-Frédéric, QC (CSZ4)
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
A Cessna 172N operated by Grondin Transports Inc. was on a local training flight from the St-Frédéric, QC (CSZ4) airport with a student pilot alone on board. During a training exercise of a precautionary landing simulation, the student pilot selected a field and then configured the aircraft at 500 feet AGL. The flaps were lowered to 20 degrees and power was reduced to an airspeed of approximately 70 knots (kts). After the exercise, the aircraft climbed to approximately 1000 feet agl and the flaps were raised to 10 degrees. Near the end of the left downwind leg, the student pilot noted a vertical speed of -1000 feet per minute (fpm) on the vertical speed indicator (VSI) and the stall recovery technique was applied by pushing the nose down. The aircraft was leveled and the VSI was observed at -1000 fpm again. The stall recovery manoeuvre was repeated, but the situation remained the same. The maneuver was repeated a few times and the aircraft was very low. The student pilot saw 2 fields in front of him with a tree edge separating them. The aircraft was turned right and then left in an attempt to reduce the speed and allow a landing after the tree line. The aircraft struck the tree line in a left turn. Approximately 1.5 meters of the left wing was torn off due to the impact and caused a rotation of the plane.
The plane then flipped on its back and stopped at about 137 meters from the tree line. There was no fire. The pilot sustained serious injuries. He detached himself and evacuated the aircraft. Local residents rescued him and the pilot was transported to hospital.

TSB (photo)



Photo of C-FDLJ courtesy

Sherbrooke (CYSC / YSC)
30 June 2007; (c) Pierre Langlois

Photo: TSB

Revision history:

16-Sep-2020 05:08 gerard57 Added
16-Sep-2020 05:28 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
16-Sep-2020 11:20 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Sep-2020 21:02 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
01-Oct-2020 06:15 harro Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
19-Nov-2020 19:35 harro Updated [Photo]

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