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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122353
Last updated: 23 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N7603D
C/n / msn: 22-5304
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Winslow Hill area, Benezette Township, Elk County, PA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cleveland, OH (BKL)
Destination airport:Warehouse Point, CT (7B6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to several witnesses, the airplane was in cruise flight at "high" altitude when the wings rocked and the airplane entered an uncontrolled descent. The airplane "spun a long time" and the engine sound was described as surging during the descent. The pilot regained airplane control, leveled briefly, the sound of the engine became smooth and continuous, and the airplane climbed. Soon after, the wings rocked again; the airplane departed controlled flight, descended behind trees and terrain, and the sounds of impact were heard. A review of the pilotís records and employment history revealed demonstrated abilities in many different types of airplanes, in all types of environments and weather conditions. An examination of the maintenance records and the wreckage revealed a properly restored and maintained airplane, with no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures noted that would have precluded normal operation. Interviews and the pilotís medical records revealed he had a history of diabetes, and diabetes-related health issues that included neuropathy (numbness) of the feet. Review of the pilotís medical records revealed that his diabetes was controlled by medication and diet and that he was eligible for a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate. A review of the autopsy and toxicology reports revealed no obvious medical event suffered by the pilot before the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of airplane control for reasons that could not be determined from the available evidence.



Revision history:

14-May-2011 10:26 gerard57 Added
15-May-2011 04:42 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2011 04:43 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
13-May-2012 18:52 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 16:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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