Excerpt from Recent FAA Accident Report
AIRCRAFT: CESSNA 172
PILOT: 30 YRS OLD, CFI, IR
DATE OF ACCIDENT: July 10 1982
WITNESS: Line attendant at *** airport
Pilot came to airport at 9 AM 10 Jul 1982. Line boy reports padlock
on his hangar door was so rusted he had to break it off with a 10#
Also had to inflate all 3 tires and scrap pigeon droppings off
wind-screen. After several attempts to drain fuel strainers--pilot
finally got what looked like fuel out of the wings sumps. Couldn't get
the oil dipstick out of the engine but said it was okay last time he
Engine started okay -- ran rough for about 1/2 minute. Then died. Then
battery would not turn prop. Used battery cart and although starter
was smoking real good, it finally started and the prop wash blew the
Line boy offered to fuel airplane up but pilot said he was late for an
appointment at a nearby airport. Said it wasn't far. Taxied about 1/2
way out to active runway and the engine stopped. Pushed it back to the
fuel pumps and bought 3 gallons for the left wing tank. Started it
again. This time, he was almost out to the runway when it quit again.
Put a little rock under nose wheel; hand propped it; and was seen still
trying to climb in the airplane as it went across the runway. Finally
got in it; blew out the right tire trying to stop before the cement plant.
When he taxied back in to have the tire changed, he also had the line
boy hit the right wing with 3 gallons of gas. Witness, who saw the
take-off, said the aircraft lined up and took off to the north.
Takeoff looked fairly normal -- nose came up about 300 ft down the
runway. At midfield nose came down. Engine coughed twice -- then cut
power and applied the brakes which made both doors fly open and a big
fat brown book fell out on the runway and released probably a million
little white pages with diagrams on them. Looked like sort of a snow
After several real loud runups at the end, he turned her around and took
off in the other direction going south into the wind. Only this time he
horsed her off at the end and pulled her up real steep like one of them
jet fighter planes -- to about 300 ft -- then the engine quit!
Did a sort of a slow turn back toward the airport -- kinda like
that Art School guy -- and about 30 ft off the McDonald's cafe she
started roaring again. He did sort of a high speed pass down the
runway; put the flaps down to full and that sucker went up like he
was going to do an Immelman!
The engine quit again and he turned right and I thought he was
coming right through the front window of the F.B.O.; but he pulled
her up -- went through the TV antenna and the little rooster with
the NSE&W things -- over the building then bounced the main wheels
off the roof of 3 different cars in the lot -- a Porsche, a Mercedes
and Dr. Brown's new El Dorado.
When he bounced off the El Dorado the engine roared to life and he
got her flying. Came around toward the runway and set her down --
once on the overrun, once on the runway and once in the grass beside
the runway. He taxied into the ramp -- shut her down -- and ordered
3 more gallons of gas. Said it was for safety's sake.
Then he asked where the phone booth was as he had to call his
student and tell him he was going to be a little bit late.
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