ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161236
Last updated: 23 March 2017
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Narrative:The aircraft, a Cessna 340A, apparently clipped a radio tower during a low pass at the Gunsite Training Academy west of Paulden, Arizona. The aircraft subsequently impacted trees and terrain and was destroyed by a post-crash fire.
|C/n / msn:|| 340A-0023|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||West of Paulden, AZ -
United States of America
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
|Investigating agency: ||National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America |
The four occupants onboard the aircraft received fatal injuries.
From the NTSB Final Report:
Witnesses reported they saw the aircraft make a high-speed, low-altitude pass over structures. As the aircraft was seen to make a second pass, it's right wing struck a 50-ft radio tower 10 ft from its top. The aircraft was observed to roll to the right until nearly inverted before striking trees and terrain 700 ft away from its point of contact with the tower.
Another witness reported that the pilot had buzzed the structures 3-4 years before the accident. The witness further stated that the pilot was warned to never buzz the area again.
Inspection of the wreckage revealed that the right wing separated after contacting the tower, resulting in a loss of control.
-The pilot's failure to maintain sufficient altitude to clear a radio tower while maneuvering at low altitude.
-Pilot's decision to make a high-speed, low pass over the gun club.
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