Accident Cessna 172H Skyhawk N733SS, Wednesday 21 February 2001
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Date:Wednesday 21 February 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172H Skyhawk
Owner/operator:AirGo Inc
Registration: N733SS
MSN: 17268518
Total airframe hrs:8563 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-H2AD
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Centralia, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Centralia Municipal Airport, IL (ENL/KENL)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On February 21, 2001, at 0705 central standard time, a Cessna 172H, N733SS, operated by AIRGO, Inc., was destroyed when it impacted terrain 1.2 miles from the Centralia Municipal Airport (ENL), Centralia, Illinois, on a magnetic bearing of 003 degrees from the airport. The Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) and student pilot were fatally injured. The 14 CFR Part 91 flight departed from ENL approximately 0620 on a local instructional flight. No flight plan was filed.

The CFI weighed approximately 149 pounds and the student pilot weighed approximately 310 pounds. A witness reported seeing the airplane traveling toward him from west to east. He reported hearing the airplane's engine initially, and that the engine was at a low power setting. He reported the airplane was low, about 500 feet, and the airspeed was slow. The airplane was in a steep angle of bank and in a turn to the right. He reported the airplane was in "...a kind of a climb in a bank." After 270 degrees of turn, the airplane flipped over on its back and became inverted. The nose of the airplane then went down. He reported the nose of the airplane started coming up and the airplane looked like it was going to recover when he lost sight of the airplane behind a tree line. He reported hearing the airplane's engine revving to full power before hearing it impact the terrain. An examination of the airplane's system revealed no anomalies.

Probable Cause: The student pilot allowed the airspeed to get too low and inadvertently stalled the airplane, and the CFI delayed in taking remedial action.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI01FA093
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report




Photos: NTSB

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 10:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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