Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Ledgedale Airpark Airport

Brockport, New York 14420
Sunday, August 12, 2001 22:55 EDT

| More
NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
At the completion of a night, cross-country flight, the pilot attempted to land at his home airpark under dark night conditions. The rotating beacon was operating, and per the NOTAM in effect, the runway and taxiway lights were inoperative. The pilot made an approach, then went around because he could not see the runway "soon enough." The pilot made another approach, and again attempted to go around. Shortly after commencing the go-around attempt, the airplane impacted the ground about 300 feet to the right of, and 700 feet from the approach end of the runway. The impact point was also 50 feet to the right of the parallel taxiway. There were no mechanical malfunctions noted.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's delayed go-around during the landing attempt. Factors included the dark night conditions and the pilot's inadequate preflight decision to fly to an airport with inoperative surface lighting.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date8/12/2001 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event2255 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityBrockport 
Event StateNEW YORK 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site14420 
Event Date Year2001 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportLedgedale Airpark 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID7G0 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation2254 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)120 
Weather Observation Facility IDROC 
Elevation of weather observation facility560 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)12 
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsNight 
Lowest Ceiling Height7000 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions-- 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)22 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)18 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind Indicator-- 
Wind Speed (knots)-- 
Wind Velocity Indicator Calm 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.03 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjurySerious 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)12835 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA EROC  
NTSB Notification DateAug 13 2001 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time730 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordApr 1 2003 4:20PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeRochester 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN7878G 
NTSB NumberNYC01LA210 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna 
Aircraft Model172L 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number17257578 
Certified Max Gross Weight2300 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionDec 16 2000 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection68 
Airframe Hours5963 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameJames and Susan Beck 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityHolley 
Aircraft Owner StateNY 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode14470 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameJames Beck 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeAKR  
Departure CityAkron 
Departure StateOH 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time2030 
Departure Time ZoneEDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code7G0  
Destination CityBrockport 
Destination StateNY 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 28 2002 10:28AM 
User who most recently changed recordPEAR  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location28 
Runway Length3205 
Runway Width60 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--