Accident at Steinbach, MB


1997-05-01: On departure from Steinbach South airport, the a/c flew into an oak tree after being airborne for approximately 200-250 feet. The a/c struck the tree at an altitude of about 35 feet above ground and flipped over into a bush. It is believed that there were 3 people on board and that they were injured and required transportation to Steinbach Hospital. The extent of their injuries and the amount of damage to the a/c are unknown at this time. It is also believed that the pilot was newly-licenced. UPDATE The Cessna 172 was being flown on a local pleasure flight. The newly-licenced pilot turned onto the final approach at circuit height and realized that the a/c was too high to land on the threshold of Runway 17. The pilot selected 40 degrees of flap and placed the a/c in a sideslip at 60 knots to reduce altitude and aimed for a touchdown point about half-way down the 3000 foot runway. The a/c floated, then bounced on touchdown and the pilot judged that insufficient runway remained to bring the a/c to a stop. He initiated an overshoot, the a/c bounced again, and then became airborne but accelerated slowly because the flaps had not been retracted. Nearing the power lines and trees at the end of the runway, the pilot pulled back on the controls to get over the well-marked hydro lines. The a/c cleared the power lines while the stall warning horn was sounding but a mainwheel struck a tree as the pilot lowered the nose to gain airspeed. The a/c departed controlled flight and descended into the trees and ground. Tree cut marks about 10 feet above ground indicated that the a/c was descending at a very steep angle at that point and ended up facing toward the runway and moving backward during the latter part of the crash sequence. The ground impact was cushioned by the trees and snow. The pilot and his two passengers received minor injuries. They were all wearing seat belts and the front seat occupants were also wearing shoulder belts. The right front seat became detached from the floor rails and the a/c was substantially damaged. At some time in the overshoot/go-around sequence, the pilot attempted to select flaps up, however the flaps were found to be in the 25 to 30 degrees down position following the crash. The weather was good VFR and the wind was light, but at a 90 degree angle to the runway. Temperature and dewpoint were 11/3.


CADORS Number 1997C0231
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-04-25 - 22:30
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 3
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Geographic Location Manitoba, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Steinbach, MB
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Collision with obstacle(s) during take-off or landing whilst airborne.

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FXHQ | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of CESSNA
Model  Silhouette image of 172N
Year Built 1979
Engine Type Reciprocating
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Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Takeoff
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 3
Events Collision with object

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