The Flight Instructor Detected A Loss Of Engine Power And Assumed Control Of The Airplane

Location: San Diego, CA Accident Number: WPR21LA069
Date & Time: December 13, 2020, 12:50 Local Registration: N5098E
Aircraft: Cessna 172 Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Instructional

On December 13, 2020, about 1250 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172, N5098E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near San Diego, California. The flight instructor and student were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor reported that the purpose of the accident flight was for a student pilot to practice touch-and-go takeoff and landings. During the second takeoff on runway 28R, as the airplane was about 100-150 feet above ground level, the flight instructor detected a loss of engine power and assumed control of the airplane. He elected to land the airplane on the remainder of runway, however, the airplane subsequently overran the departure end of the runway and struck an airport perimeter fence.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that both wings and fuselage were structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered for further examination.