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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133190
Last updated: 13 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172G
Owner/operator:Vanreeth Aviation, Inc
Registration: N4253L
C/n / msn: 17254322
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Edina, MO -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:7C9
Destination airport:C09
Investigating agency: NTSB
On April 11, 1994, at 1430 central daylight time, a Cessna 172, N4253L, operated as a rental aircraft by VanReeth Aviation, Inc., of Morris, Illinois, contacted trees during takeoff from an off airport sod field near Edina, Missouri, and was destroyed. The instrument rated commercial pilot/flight instructor and passenger were not injured. Instrument meteorological conditions were reported at the nearest weather observation facilities at the time of the accident, the pilot reported the weather at the accident as 800 overcast, 2 miles in rain, and no flight plan was on file. The flight operated under 14 CFR Part 91 as a business flight and was on a return leg from Pella, Iowa, to Morris, Illinois.

The pilot reported knowlingly departing with an inoperative wet compass. He reported that on the return leg, he aligned his directional gyro with a road 90 degrees from his actual heading. The directional gyro then indicated a flight direction of east, while the actual route of flight was southerly into deteriorating weather. The pilot reported that he became disoriented and landed in a field to determine his location. He elected to takeoff again to attempt to reach an airport for fuel. Once airborne on his takeoff, he recognized that he could not abort but would not clear trees at the end of the field. The airplane contacted the trees, came to a stop and settled vertically to the the ground.
PROBABLE CAUSE:the pilot in commands' failure to obtain obstruction clearance from trees during a visual takeoff from a short, soft, wet field in instrument meteorological conditions. A factor was the pilot in commands' misjudgment of the takeoff climb performance of the airplane, which resulted in striking trees at the departure end of the field. A second factor was the operation of the airplane with a known defective wet compass, which resulted in the pilot's disorientation and led him to land in the unsuitable field.


NTSB id 20001206X01075

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

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