ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35696
Last updated: 22 August 2014
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Date:21-JUL-1993
Time:0900
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-160
Owner/operator:Knight Flight
Registration: N5096W
C/n / msn: 28-108
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Morriston, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sanford, FL (SFB)
Destination airport:Panama City, FL (PFN)
Narrative:
FLIGHT FOLLOWING WAS CANCELLED AFTER A CREWMEMBER ADVISED THE ARTCC CONTROLLER THAT THE FLIGHT WAS DESCENDING FROM 2500 TO 1500 FEET. THE CONTROLLER ADVISED THE CREW THAT RADAR SERVICE WAS TERMINATED, AND THE CREW ACKNOWLEDGED. A WITNESS REPORTED LOW CLOUDS AND FOG NEAR THE ANTENNA. HE SAW THE AIRPLANE EMERGE FROM CLOUDS ON A NORTHWESTERLY HEADING. HE REPORTED THE AIRPLANE BANKED TO THE RIGHT AND THAT THE LEFT WING COLLIDED WITH A GUY WIRE AND SEPARATED. THE AIRPLANE THEN DESCENDED AND IMPACTED THE GROUND. THE TOP BEACON STROBE LIGHT OF THE ANTENNA WAS OPERATING BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRFRAME AND ENGINE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF PREIMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. A CURRENT SECTIONAL CHART WAS FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE THAT DEPICTED THE TOWER. REVIEW OF RECORDED RADAR DATA REVEALED THAT THE REPORTED ALTITUDE OF THE AIRPLANE CORRESPONDED WITH THE ENCODED ALTITUDE. NO RECORD WAS FOUND THAT THE PILOT(S) HAD OBTAINED A CURRENT WEATHER BRIEFING BEFORE DEPARTURE. CAUSE: VFR FLIGHT BY THE PILOT(S) INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC) AND FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE ALTITUDE (OR CLEARANCE) FROM THE TOWER. THE PROXIMITY OF THE TOWER/GUY WIRES AND WEATHER CONDITION WERE RELATED FACTORS.

Sources:
NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X12976


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