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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133507
Last updated: 9 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182A
Registration: N4951D
C/n / msn: 51051
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hayfield Twnshp, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:PA08
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 8, 1997, about 1530 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182A, N4951D, was destroyed when it collided with terrain during the initial takeoff climb from a corn field, near Hayfield Township, Pennsylvania. The certificated commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight destined for the Moorhead Airpark Airport (PA08), North East, Pennsylvania. No flight plan was filed for the flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In a written statement, the pilot reported that he had performed a precautionary landing to a corn field due to strong winds, heavy rain, and low fuel. He refueled the airplane and planned to depart for PA08. Initially, the pilot performed a partial takeoff, which was aborted, to obtain the conditions of the field. The pilot then elected to takeoff. The pilot stated that during the takeoff, the airspeed was low, and that he overcorrected for gusty winds. The airplane's wing tip contacted the ground, and the airplane ground looped. A post crash fire ensued, which consumed the cabin.

The pilot further reported that he did not experience any mechanical malfunctions with the airplane, and examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector (FAA) did not disclose any evidence of mechanical abnormalities.

According to an FAA Inspector, the field that the pilot was attempting to depart from was sloped uphill and contained corn plants approximately 12 inches high.

A witness at the accident site stated, "...It was very windy and the ground was wet." Winds reported at a nearby airport, were from 230 degrees at 15 knots gusting to 23 knots.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's improper decision to attempt a takeoff from unsuitable terrain and failure to maintain airspeed. A factor in this accident was the gusty wind conditions.


NTSB id 20001208X08486


Revision history:

01-Oct-2013 20:09 Anon. Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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