On October 10, 1993, at 0916 hours central daylight time, a Cessna 172, N738LX, piloted by a private pilot on a pleasure flight, struck a car while landing on Runway 35 at Independence, Missouri. The airplane was damaged beyond economical repair, and the car was substantially damaged. The pilot, three airplane passengers, and two automobile occupants reported no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, no flight plan was filed. The flight operated under 14 CFR Part 91, and originated from Lee's Summit, Missouri, approximately 0900 hours. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated "...it was a normal base and final...As I approached the threshold I felt I was a bit high...When full flaps were applied the stall warning sounded, so I dropped the nose, and felt I could make the runway, when suddenly I felt the impact... ." The right main landing gear contacted the windshield and hood of an automobile. The pilot stated he never saw the car, which was westbound on a road located along the south airport boundary.
The passenger in the car reported she noticed the airplane when it was over the fence row about 25 feet from the road. She stated "...It was coming in very slow and very low and fluttering from side to side...I thought it would go over us. We weren't going very fast and had our seatbelts fastened, so we didn't feel much of an impact. It did knock the car sideways, ripping off the hood and shattering the front window."
The pilot's statement, airplane passenger statements, automobile occupant statements, and a ground witness statement are appended. An airport diagram is also appended.