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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142370
Last updated: 25 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N Skyhawk
Registration: N7582D
C/n / msn: 17272925
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Canal bank west of Fresno, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Byron Airport, CA (C83)
Destination airport:Unknown,
Investigating agency: NTSB
A witness reported that he observed the airplane flying about the height of nearby power lines and that the engine was sputtering. The airplane then banked right and impacted the power lines before falling to the ground. Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The non-certificated pilot was flying the airplane, which had been reported stolen. The pilotís toxicology results indicated that methamphetamine and amphetamines were detected in the pilotís blood and liver specimens. (Local authorities also reported finding a plastic bag containing ďcrystal methĒ in the accident airplane.) Both detected drug quantities were above therapeutic levels and likely contributed to the pilotís performance and failure to maintain sufficient clearance from the power lines.
Probable Cause: The non-certificated pilotís failure to maintain clearance from power lines. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís impairment due to performance-impairing drugs.



Revision history:

08-Feb-2012 10:51 Geno Added
08-Feb-2012 12:32 harro Updated [Date]
08-Feb-2012 13:02 RobertMB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Phase, Source, Narrative]
09-Feb-2012 17:07 Geno Updated [Source]
22-Mar-2012 16:46 Geno Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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