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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209947
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Time:06:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C152 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 152
Owner/operator:Falcon Aviation Academy
Registration: VT-PTD
MSN: 15285798
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Saryu River bed, Faizabad -   India
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Faizabad Airport
Destination airport:Faizabad Airport
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Cessna 152 aircraft VT-PTD was performing an instrument flying sortie when it made a forced landing on Saryu River bed, Faizabad at about 06:00 UTC.
The flying instructor and the trainee pilot were scheduled for local flying in sector south. This was the third sortie of the day. After pre-flight checks on the aircraft, the engine was started and aircraft took off at 0521 UTC from runway 12. Initially, the aircraft climbed to 1000 feet in sector south to carry out GPS assisted 05 NM arc approach for Runway 12. While the aircraft was on final approach course, at approximately 0550 UTC, the crew observed engine vibrations.
Subsequently, the aircraft engine stopped. Thereafter, the instructor made some attempts to reignite the engine, however, the engine did not come live. Finally, PIC decided for forced landing of the aircraft. The aircraft was diverted towards the Saryu river.
PIC executed the forced landing, after assessing the river bed area and its surroundings. Aircraft touched down on its main landing gears and continued to roll for approximately 213 feet. As the nose landing gear came in contact with the river bed, aircraft flipped over and came to a halt. Both crew evacuated the aircraft and information was transmitted to the local ATC to activate „Search and Rescue‟. None of the occupants received any injury. There was no fire but aircraft was substantially damaged.

Probable Cause of the Accident:
The accident was probably caused by inadvertent “Leaning of Mixture” or “Slam opening of the Throttle”, while following the emergency procedure for Rough Engine Operations or Loss of power due to Spark Plug Fouling. Poor Maintenance practices, broken gear of the starter motor and improperly installed fuel jet nozzle were contributory factors.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

27-Apr-2018 08:20 gerard57 Added
27-Apr-2018 12:53 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
27-Apr-2018 12:56 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type]
27-Apr-2018 13:00 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code]
28-Apr-2018 08:40 RobertMB Updated [Cn]
02-Jun-2019 19:08 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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