NTSB Releases Findings on Civil Air Patrol Crash in Mocksville

Civil Air Patrol

By NTSB | Aviation Accident Database

On September 10, 2002, at 1145 eastern daylight time a Cessna 172P, N62602, registered to Civil Air Patrol Inc, and operated by a private pilot, collided with the ground shortly after takeoff from a touch and go landing on runway 9, at the Mocksville Twin Lakes Airport in Mocksville, North Carolina. The flight was operated under the provision of Title 14 CFR Part 91, and visual flight rules. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The pilot and pilot rated passenger received serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight departed Mocksville Sugar Valley Airport, Mocksville, North Carolina at 1100.

The Civil Air Patrol pilot was conducting touch and go landings when on the accident landing, the airplane touched down about two-third down the runway. On the go phase of the touch and go maneuver, the pilot established a nose high attitude followed by a right descending roll followed by the subsequent collision with trees. The airplane rested on the ground in a nose low attitude. No mechanical problems were reported by the pilot prior to the accident. The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron is located in Mocksville, NC.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The Civil Air Patrol pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during the takeoff and initial climb which resulted in an inadvertent stall and the subsequent collision with trees.

Accident occurred Tuesday, September 10, 2002 in Mocksville, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 2/5/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N62602
Injuries: 2 Serious

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