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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142004
Last updated: 30 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C177 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 177 Cardinal
Registration: N3435T
C/n / msn: 17700735
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:S of County Road 600, North Vernon, Jennings County, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Lake of the Hil, IL (3CK)
Destination airport:Madison, IN (IMS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument-rated pilot was conducting the accident flight under visual flight rules (VFR) without a flight plan in dark night conditions. Before the flight, the pilot obtained several weather briefings indicating that instrument meteorological conditions prevailed along his route of flight. Postaccident review of weather and radar data indicated that the airplane descended into instrument meteorological conditions near the destination airport. Based on the wreckage distribution, which was consistent with a high-speed impact, and the adverse weather conditions present at the time of the accident, it is likely that the pilot experienced spatial disorientation and lost control of the airplane. Federal Aviation Administration guidance indicated that spatial disorientation can occur when there is no natural horizon or surface reference, such as night flight in sparsely populated areas similar to that of the accident area and in instrument conditions. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The non-instrument-rated pilot's decision to fly into known instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in the pilot's spatial disorientation and loss of airplane control.


Lake in the Hills Airport (3CK)

Revision history:

21-Jan-2012 23:54 FLYINGBROTHER1 Added
22-Jan-2012 04:19 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jan-2012 08:24 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
22-Jan-2012 16:19 Geno Updated [Source]
23-Jan-2012 12:50 Geno Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2012 22:21 Geno Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2012 13:20 harro Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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