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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147146
Last updated: 3 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172P Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Interstate Aviation Inc
Registration: N64182
C/n / msn: 17275530
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Robertson Field Airport - 4B8, Plainville, CT -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Hudson, NY (1B1)
Destination airport:Plainville, CT (4B8)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During daylight in good weather conditions, the pilot was flying an approach to his home airport. After one go-around, the airplane approached the same runway a second time. During the second final approach, the airplane flew lower than normal and the nose dropped. The airplane subsequently impacted a berm 20 feet below and immediately before the runway. A postcrash fire consumed the cockpit and cabin area. Examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions.

The toxicological report noted that Zolpidem (a sleep aid known by the brand name Ambien among others) was detected in the blood and liver. Toxicological reports note “detected,” rather than an actual value, when the level of a substance is below the therapeutic range and, thus, is not intended to imply impairment.

According to law enforcement personnel, during the 2 years preceding the accident, the pilot had gone through a divorce, the closure of his business, and most recently was anticipating arrest on a felony charge. Additionally, about 1 month before the accident, a detective received a telephone call from a family member of the pilot, who expressed concern that the pilot was going to commit suicide based on remarks that the pilot had made; however, the family member later stated that the pilot recanted. Further investigation by law enforcement personnel did not recover a suicide note.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain the proper glidepath during final approach in visual meteorological conditions, resulting in collision with a berm.




Revision history:

27-Jul-2012 09:59 Geno Added
27-Jul-2012 14:23 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
27-Jul-2012 15:17 Geno Updated [Source]
02-Aug-2012 17:22 Geno Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
28-Mar-2015 19:17 harro Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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