On Wednesday, April 6, 1994 at 2220 hours eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N739HC, piloted by Richard A. White, encountered wind gusts and nosed over during landing at Clarksburg Airport (CKB), Clarksburg, West Virginia. The certified flight instructor and his two passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The business flight was being operated by Southern Ohio Aviation, Incorporated under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The flight originated in Charleston, West Virginia and was arriving at its destination when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the operation. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Specialist. The airplane "appeared to have made a landing on the runway and was rolling out. The aircraft then appeared to lift off the runway surface and veer to the right , out of control, never gaining much altitude or speed, crashing just east of the runway...."
The pilot stated that "During rollout...a wind gust from the left side lifted up the left wing and the airplane became airborne..., [The airplane], came down hard on the right main and nose gear, collapsing the nose gear and flipping upside down."
An FAA safety inspector examined the airplane and interviewed witnesses . He reported the pilot was cleared by FAA air traffic control personnel to land on runway 21. The pilot requested to land on runway 03. The controller reported the winds to the pilot and the pilot elected to land on runway 03. The winds at the time of the accident were reported to be from 270 degrees at 13 knots with gusts to 20 knots.