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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133152
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Date:07-MAY-1995
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172A
Owner/operator:East Colusa Farms
Registration: N7358T
C/n / msn: 46958
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Colusa, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:O08
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On May 7, 1995, at 1230 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172A, N7358T, was destroyed while maneuvering near Colusa, California. The aircraft was owned and operated by the pilot and was on an aerial observation flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the operation. The private pilot and his passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight originated from the Colusa County airport at 1115 on the day of the accident.

At the time of the accident, the pilot stated that he had been on a southeasterly heading at approximately 100 feet agl over a flooded rice field when the aircraft abruptly nosed over and crashed. The pilot stated that the engine was operating normally at the time of the accident. The passenger stated that the aircraft engine quit, restarted, and then quit again prior to impact. The aircraft came to rest in an inverted attitude in about 3 feet of water. Both occupants were able to exit the aircraft unassisted.

The pilot later told Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors that he inadvertently flew the aircraft into the water. He also said that he only flies about six times a year and that he was simply not accustomed to flying at such a low altitude.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the pilot's selection of an inadequate en route cruise altitude for the aerial observation flight, and his failure to identify and stop an inadvertent descent while flying over flooded terrain at a very low altitude. Lack of pilot experience in low level operations and glassy water were factors in this accident.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001207X03485


Revision history:

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21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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