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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 131836
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A150L
Registration: N40LM
MSN: A1500418
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Detroit, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:DET
Destination airport:
The pilot reported he had made two successful banner tows before the accident occurred. On the third banner tow, the hook '...missed the banner rope and grabbed one of the pick-up poles instead. It was my intent to keep my aircraft and attached pole over the airport to minimize the possibility of property damage or injury to people on the ground if the pole broke free of my hook.' The pilot attempted to stay within the airport boundary and he entered a climbing left turn. He reported, 'I added too much left rudder which immediately put me into a spin. Altitude at this point was approximately 300' AGL.' He reported he attempted to do a spin recovery but the airplane impacted the runway in a 30 degrees nose low attitude. The airplane bounced twice before impacting a jet blast wall.

Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane which resulted in the inadvertent spin. A factor was the pilot snagged the banner pole.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 09:03 ASN Update Bot Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2018 19:18 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature, Narrative]

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