Accident Cessna 172R Skyhawk N397ES,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 346199
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Date:Monday 2 October 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172R Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Aviator Air Flight School LLC
Registration: N397ES
MSN: 17280164
Year of manufacture:1997
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (KGPM), Arlington, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, TX (KGPM)
Destination airport:Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, TX (KGPM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On October 2, 2023, about 1400 central daylight time, a Cessna 172R airplane, N397ES, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Arlington, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to preliminary information, the pilot was conducting a local flight and was on a base leg to runway 18 at the Grand Prairie Airport (GPM), Grand Prairie, Texas, when the engine lost total power. The pilot was unable to restore engine power and performed a forced landing. During the landing, the airplane collided with a fence resulting in substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. During recovery of the airplane, at least 35 gallons of fuel was recovered.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN24LA003
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


NTSB (photo)


Revision history:

02-Oct-2023 22:08 Geno Added
03-Oct-2023 06:06 johnwg Updated
03-Oct-2023 08:33 RobertMB Updated
03-Oct-2023 17:32 Anon. Updated
04-Oct-2023 00:15 Captain Adam Updated
04-Oct-2023 17:27 Anon. Updated
17-Oct-2023 20:12 Captain Adam Updated

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