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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162558
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182E Skylane
Owner/operator:Ray Veatch Agency Inc
Registration: N3087Y
C/n / msn: 18254087
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NE of Blake Field Airport - KAJZ, Delta, CO -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Delta, CO (KAJZ)
Destination airport:Crawford, CO (99V)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The solo student pilot departed from an uncontrolled airport to rendezvous with an examiner for his private pilot practical test. Weather conditions at the departure airport were overcast clouds at 600 feet and 4 miles visibility. After takeoff, the airplane impacted terrain about 2 miles from the departure end of the runway, on the extended runway centerline. The debris field was consistent with a high speed impact at a flat pitch attitude. The student pilot most likely attempted to climb through the overcast clouds and lost control, then exited the clouds in a steep dive and was attempting to recover from the dive as the airplane impacted the ground.
The primary flight instructor stated the student pilot had a “go-go-go” type personality and led a fast-paced life with his business. He intended to use the airplane for his business. Further, the student pilot was concerned about getting his examination done before the airplane’s annual inspection. The flight instructor subsequently learned that the student pilot was under additional personal and business stressors. The student pilot’s decision to depart into poor weather conditions was most likely influenced by these life stressors, both self-imposed and external. The student pilot had 0.6 flight hours of simulated instrument training recorded in his logbook, as opposed to the Federal Aviation Administration requirement of 3 flight hours for the private pilot practical test.

Probable Cause: The student pilot’s decision to attempt flight into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in a loss of control and ground impact.



Revision history:

30-Nov-2013 04:22 Geno Added
30-Nov-2013 20:32 blucenturion Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type]
30-Nov-2013 20:48 blucenturion Updated [Date, Time]
01-Dec-2013 16:40 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Damage]
01-Dec-2013 23:51 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Source]
02-Dec-2013 18:53 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator]
06-Dec-2013 00:37 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2013 15:14 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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