Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2002 Issue

Nov. 11, Sarasota, Fla. / Cessna Skyhawk

At about 10:51 eastern time, a Cessna 172S crashed while landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The student pilot was not injured. The pilot departed from runway 4 and felt the trim forcing the nose of the airplane down. She informed the control tower that she was having difficulty and the controller cleared her to land on runway 32. She attempted to manually control the trim, but was unsuccessful. She put both hands on the control wheel and activated the autopilot red disconnect button with negative results. She said she “knew she was not flying the airplane.” She did not attempt to turn the autopilot off at the control head because she had not received any training in how to...

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