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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 149160
Last updated: 24 June 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Republic RC-3
Registration: N6072K
C/n / msn: 252
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Weiss Lake, Cedar Bluff, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Guntersville, AL (8A1)
Destination airport:Cedar Bluff, AL
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot of the amphibious airplane departed his home airport and flew to a lake to visit a friend who lived on the shore of the lake. According to the pilotís friend, the pilot normally approached the lake from the north, made a left 180-degree turn, and then landed to the north. On the day of the accident, however, the wind was calm, and instead of landing to the north, the pilot flew over his friend's house from the west, about 400 feet above ground level, made a left 180-degree turn, and began a descent toward the surface of the lake. During the descent, the airplane contacted a set of electrical transmission lines. During the impact, the airplane's forward motion almost completely stopped, it rolled to the right until it was inverted, then fell to the surface of the lake and sank.

Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any evidence of preimpact failure or malfunction of the airplane or engine that would have precluded normal operation. Examination of the electrical transmission lines revealed that they were unmarked where they crossed the lake. According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector and local witnesses, the lines were hard to see and did not contrast well with the surrounding terrain due to the color of the sky, water, and cloud cover. However, the pilot should have been aware of the lines, because they were depicted on the sectional chart for the area, and he had landed on the lake several times before the accident flight.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to see and avoid power lines during final approach to landing.



Revision history:

15-Sep-2012 14:20 FLYINGBROTHER1 Added
17-Sep-2012 08:16 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Sep-2012 07:18 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Registration, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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