Preliminary Accident Reports

December 1999 Issue

Sept. 24, Orlando, Fla. / Cessna 172RG

At about 14:28 EDT, a Cessna 172RG crashed on landing at Orlando Executive Airport following a loss of electrical power. No one was injured. The instructor and student pilot were not injured. The flight had left St. Petersburg about 50 minutes earlier. The instructor said that shortly after takeoff the airplane showed signs of electrical problems but he thought he was only having radio problems and continued the flight in accordance with established NORDO procedures. He said he did not troubleshoot the problem or try to shed electrical load. When preparing to land, he experienced a total electrical failure when he selected flaps and gear down. He visually checked the left gear but did not as...

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