Accident Cessna R172E Skyhawk N3FR,
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Date:Sunday 14 April 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna R172E Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Valiair Limited Company Trustee
Registration: N3FR
MSN: R172-0237
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Rocky Mount, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Delaware Airpark, DE (33N)
Destination airport:Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport, NC (RWI/KRWI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On April 14, 2024, about 2330 eastern daylight time, a Cessna R172E, N3FR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

The pilot stated that he fully fueled the airplane at Delaware Airpark (33N), Dover, Delaware, to depart with 46 gallons of fuel aboard. He then performed a full preflight inspection, visually checking the fuel tanks, and an engine runup with no anomalies noted. He departed 33N at 2030 for Rocky Mount/Wilson Regional Airport (RWI), Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The departure and enroute portions of the flight were uneventful. A few minutes after the pilot reduced engine power to begin the descent into RWI the engine experienced a total loss of power. He confirmed that the fuel selector was set to BOTH, turned the auxiliary fuel pump on, enrichened the mixture, and attempted to restart the engine with the carburetor heat on and with it off; however, the engine did not regain power. He checked his fuel quantity gauge, which showed 7-10 gallons in each tank. With no time for further remedial action, the pilot performed a forced landing to a lit road. The airplane impacted power lines before coming to rest canted to a 45° angle at an intersection, with substantial damage to both wings, the fuselage, and the empennage.

The pilot stated that he performed a fuel calculation for the flight prior to departure, with a planned cruise at a full power setting for engine break-in, since the engine had recently been overhauled. He calculated a fuel burn of 30 gallons, with 16 gallons of fuel remaining upon landing.

The pilot reported that after the accident fuel was leaking from the right wing where it was impact damaged, and from the left wing near the wing root.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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




Revision history:

15-Apr-2024 14:55 Captain Adam Added
10-May-2024 19:20 Captain Adam Updated [Date, Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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