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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 137957
Last updated: 27 February 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M Skyhawk
Registration: N5399Q
C/n / msn: 17261784
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Four miles from Elkins, Randolph County, WV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Elkins, WV (EKN)
Destination airport:Elkins, WV (EKN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The certified flight instructor (CFI) directed the student pilot to perform a touch-and-go landing. During climb out, the CFI informed the student they would be conducting some mountain flying and instructed him to climb straight ahead over a ridge line. Upon clearing the ridge line, the CFI directed the student to make a right turn into a canyon. After entering the canyon, the CFI realized he was in the wrong area and the airplane would be unable to clear the ridge line in front of them. He took control of the airplane and made a left turn towards the left side of the canyon. He then initiated a hard right turn and realized there was insufficient room to reverse course. He leveled the wings of the airplane and it collided with the trees. The airplane sustained substantial damage and came to rest on the side of the ridge. The CFI stated there were no mechanical problems with the airplane and he was unfamiliar with the geographic area.
Probable Cause: The flight instructor's unfamiliarity with the geographic area, resulting in controlled flight into terrain.



Revision history:

15-Aug-2011 00:43 gerard57 Added
19-Aug-2011 05:23 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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