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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 132883
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Date:05-JAN-1990
Time:20:08 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche
Owner/operator:Nicholas O. Calley
Registration: N7030Y
C/n / msn: 30-31
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Tallahassee Regional Airport, Tallahassee, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Hernando County Airport, Brooksville, Florida (BKV/KBKV)
Destination airport:Tallahassee Regional Airport, Tallahassee, Florida (TLH/KTLH)
Narrative:
WHILE ON AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN IN IMC CONDITIONS, THE PILOT WAS CLEARED FOR AN ILS APPROACH TO RUNWAY 27 AT TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL AIRPORT, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA. THE PILOT STATED THROUGHOUT THE APPROACH, HE HAD PREPARED HIMSELF MENTALLY TO FLY THE PUBLISHED MISSED APPROACH ABOVE THE PUBLISHED DECISION HEIGHT. HE FURTHER STATED THE AIRPLANE WAS FLOWN BELOW THE GLIDE PATH AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE FINAL APPROACH COURSE.

AT 300 FEET AGL THE PILOT LOOKED OUTSIDE THE AIRPLANE SEARCHING FOR THE RUNWAY ENVIRONMENT. HE SAW LIGHTS AND A YELLOW ROTATING BEACON AND BECAME SPATIALLY DISORIENTED AND FIXATED ON THE ROTATING BEACON. HE DID NOT INCREASE HIS SCANNING OR RETURN HIS VISION BACK INSIDE TO THE AIRPLANE'S FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS AND CRASHED. THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED. THE PILOT AND ONE PASSENGER SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE SOURCE OF THE ROTATING BEACON WAS NOT DETERMINED.

Probable Cause and Findings: The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PILOT FACTOR IN THAT HE FAILED TO MAINTAIN A/C CONTROL IN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS DUE TO SPATIAL DISORIENTATION CAUSED BY FIXATION OF AN UNDETERMINED LIGHT SOURCE.

Registration N7030Y cancelled by the FAA on December 19, 1990

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA90FA050 at https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20001212X22449&AKey=1&RType=Final&IType=FA
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=7030Y
3. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1990-1999_32.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Apr-2017 18:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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