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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166053
Last updated: 14 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150F
Owner/operator:Above View Jet Center
Registration: N8236F
C/n / msn: 15064336
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:3nm west of Santa Clara, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Saint George, UT (SGU)
Destination airport:Saint George, UT (SGU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A witness reported that he observed the airplane at an altitude of between 800 to 1,000 ft above ground level about 2 miles from his location. About the same time, he also heard the airplane’s engine sputter, and he then observed the airplane in a vertical, nose-down attitude for 3 to 4 seconds before it went out of sight behind a hill. The wreckage was found about 2 hours later in remote mountainous, rocky terrain. An on-site examination of the airframe and engine revealed that the airplane impacted the terrain upright in a flat orientation on a 27-degree downslope. Based on observed impact signatures, the airplane’s forward momentum was negligible just before it impacted terrain. All of the components necessary for flight were accounted for at the accident site. Additionally, examinations of the airframe and engine revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Based on the witness’s observations and the physical evidence observed at the accident site, it is likely that the airplane was in a steep descent at a low altitude and that the flight instructor failed to pull the airplane up and out of the nose-down attitude at a sufficient altitude to preclude impact with terrain.

Probable Cause: The flight instructor’s failure to arrest the airplane’s descent and maintain clearance from mountainous terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude.




Revision history:

07-May-2014 18:59 harro Added
07-May-2014 19:27 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Embed code]
07-May-2014 19:41 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2014 04:13 fliteshare Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
17-May-2014 01:17 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 14:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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