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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142027
Last updated: 20 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150G
Registration: N73JK
C/n / msn: 15064948
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:About 0.8 statute miles NE of Quincy Municipal Airport - 2J9, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Quincy, FL (2J9)
Destination airport:Jacksonville, FL (CRG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument-rated pilot landed after sunset, refueled the airplane, and took off again about 1 1/2 hours later. A witness, who was in his hangar, did not see the takeoff but heard the engine operate "normally" and noted that fog was developing at the airport at the time. The airplane took off to the southeast, with the destination airport to the east. However, the wreckage path and the accident location indicated that the airplane turned toward the northwest, consistent with flying a downwind leg to return to the departure airport. The airplane subsequently impacted and descended through trees at a relatively shallow angle, with the right wing initially down about 45 degrees. Both propeller and tree impact evidence indicated that the airplane was under power at the time. There was no evidence of any preexisting mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal airplane operation.

Autopsy results for the pilot indicated severe heart disease with 90 percent blockage of one artery. However, there was no evidence of an acute heart attack, and the degree of cardiac dysfunction or whether it affected the flight could not be determined; no other debilitating condition was found. Toxicology results revealed the presence of an antidepressant that could have caused dizziness, but low postmortem levels indicated an unlikelihood of impairment. It is unknown why the pilot took off in the deteriorating weather conditions. His attempt to return to the airport rather than climb out toward his destination indicated that once airborne, he was not confident in his ability to complete the flight. During the return attempt, the pilot likely became spatially disoriented in the dark, foggy conditions, which then resulted in his inability to maintain controlled flight.
Probable Cause: The non-instrument-rated pilotís spatial disorientation in night instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in his inability to maintain controlled flight. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís improper decision to take off in deteriorating meteorological conditions.



Revision history:

23-Jan-2012 00:11 gerard57 Added
23-Jan-2012 02:08 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 02:09 RobertMB Updated [Phase]
23-Jan-2012 12:43 Geno Updated [Source]
03-Feb-2012 17:30 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2012 11:51 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-May-2012 11:51 harro Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:52 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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