On December 10, 1998, at 1155 central standard time (cst), a Cessna 152, N25493, operated by a student pilot sustained substantial damage when during a wide, high-speed taxi turn, off of the runway, following landing, the airplane struck the side of a hangar. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. No flight plan was on file. The student pilot reported no injuries. The local flight originated at Evansville, Indiana, at 1040 cst. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
In his written statement, the student pilot said that he flew a normal traffic pattern to runway 18 at Evansville Skylane Airport. The landing appeared normal. The student pilot said that he lightly pumped the brakes once and noticed that the plane did not react. The student pilot pumped the brakes a second time and noticed that he was sliding. Aware of a steep embankment which dropped off at the end of runway 18, the student pilot elected to steer the airplane to the right. The airplane continued to slide in the turn. The airplane's right wing struck the end of the hangar and then spun around, coming to a stop with the left wing striking the hanger door.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane at Evansville Skylane Airport. The airplane's right wing was bent aft and downward. The outboard four feet of the right wing's leading edge to the wing tip was crushed inward and bent aft. The inboard third of the right flap was buckled and had penetrated the airplane's right aft cabin window. The upper skin of the right wing at the wing root was torn open and bent upward. The bottom skin showed heavy wrinkling. The outboard 9 inches of the leading edge of the airplane's left wing was crushed aft and bent downward. The forward upper half of the left wing tip was broken along the longitudinal rivet line. Both propeller blades were bent slightly aft at the tips and showed chordwise scratches in the forward leading edge surfaces. Flight control continuity was confirmed. Examination of the engine, engine controls and other airplane systems revealed no anomalies.