Mocksville, NC Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172P Crashes Shortly After Takeoff Injuring Two Seriously, Sep 2002


On September 10, 2002, Civil Air Patrol members David Gamble, of the 141st Search and Rescue Composite Squadron, and Ben Blankenship, of the Winston-Salem Composite Squadron were flying the CAP’s North Carolina Wing Group Three Cessna 172 [N62602] on a routine proficiency flight near the Twin Lakes Airport in Winston-Salem, NC, when the aircraft crashed.

Employees and spectators at the Twin Lakes airport witnessed the accident and rushed to the scene to assist. The fuel source was cut off and the battery was disconnected. The NTSB arrived on the crash site and conducted the official investigation. Members of the Winston-Salem Composite Squadron conducted crash site security.

Both of the Civil Air Patrol officers were injured and were transported to the Winston-Salem Baptist Hospital for treatment.

Witnesses said the aircraft clipped the tree-tops on take-off from the airport and crashed at the departure end of runway #9.


National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Database:

On September 10, 2002, at 1145 eastern daylight time a Cessna 172P, N62602, registered to Civil Air Patrol Inc, and operated by a private pilot, collided with the ground shortly after takeoff from a touch and go landing on runway 9, at the Mocksville Twin Lakes Airport in Mocksville, North Carolina. The flight was operated under the provision of Title 14 CFR Part 91, and visual flight rules. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The pilot and pilot rated passenger received serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight departed Mocksville Sugar Valley Airport, Mocksville, North Carolina at 1100.

The Civil Air Patrol pilot was conducting touch and go landings when on the accident landing, the airplane touched down about two-third down the runway. On the go phase of the touch and go maneuver, the pilot established a nose high attitude followed by a right descending roll followed by the subsequent collision with trees. The airplane rested on the ground in a nose low attitude. No mechanical problems were reported by the pilot prior to the accident. The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron is located in Mocksville, NC.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The Civil Air Patrol pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during the takeoff and initial climb which resulted in an inadvertent stall and the subsequent collision with trees.

Accident occurred Tuesday, September 10, 2002 in Mocksville, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 2/5/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N62602
Injuries: 2 Serious