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Last updated: 24 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 30 November 1996
Time:13:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic MS76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Morane Saulnier MS.760B Paris II
Operator:Robert E.J. Morris
Registration: N2TE
C/n / msn: 5
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:3334
Engines: 2 Turbomeca Marboré VI
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,1 km (1.3 mls) NNE of Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), United States of America
Narrative:
Returned to the airport because the external boarding ladder was still attached to the aircraft. During a tight turn, it rolled inverted and crashed into an industrial building from approximately 500 feet agl. Possible B757 wake turbulence contributed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed margin while maneuvering in a steep banked turn to the landing runway, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin. Factors in the accident were: the pilot's inadequate preflight inspection of the aircraft in that he departed with the boarding ladder attached to the aircraft's exterior; the pilot's inadequate in-flight planning in that he flew a traffic pattern so close to the runway that it required excessive bank angles to align the aircraft with the landing runway; and the aircraft's probable encounter with the periphery of a weakened B-757 wake turbulence, which increased the wing's angle of attack beyond the stall point at a critical point during a steep banked turn. "

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: LAX97FA059
Download report: Summary report

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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