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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154852
Last updated: 24 May 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182C Skylane
Registration: N8721T
C/n / msn: 52621
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:McCone County, MT -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lustre, MT
Destination airport:Acton, MT
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot departed the private airstrip in visual flight rules conditions and proceeded south for 27 miles toward a small town. While near the town, he made a mobile phone call to a family member and reported that there was fog near the river (along his route of flight) but that it was clear on the other side. The mobile phone connection then dropped, and the pilot made no further communications. The airplane wreckage was located 22 miles south of the town where the pilot made the phone call.

Examination of the airplane wreckage revealed damage and ground scars consistent with a high-energy vertical impact, and no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures was found that would have precluded normal operation. The local meteorological observations and satellite imagery indicated that the airplane likely encountered instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), low clouds, and restricted visibility throughout the area about the time of the accident. The pilot had recently received his private pilot certificate, had accumulated 93 hours of total flight time, and did not hold an airplane instrument rating. The IMC combined with the pilotís lack of instrument flight experience likely led to his becoming spatially disoriented, which resulted in the loss of airplane control.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain airplane control as a result of spatial disorientation. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís decision to continue flight into low visibility conditions.



Revision history:

07-Apr-2013 10:01 gerard57 Added
07-Apr-2013 11:20 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Apr-2013 17:17 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Apr-2013 17:22 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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