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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 167811
Last updated: 17 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150J
Owner/operator:Myers Stephen L
Registration: N50824
C/n / msn: 15069578
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:SE of Hummel Field Airport (W75), Saluda, Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Topping, VA (W75)
Destination airport:Blacksburg, VA (BCB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses observed the airplane as it departed and reported that it appeared to have trouble climbing. The airplane then returned to the runway two times, but the pilot aborted the landing approach both times. During the climbout following the second aborted landing, the airplane banked to the left, descended in a nose-low attitude, and impacted the ground. Witness descriptions of the descent and observations of the wreckage and accident site were consistent with the pilot flying the airplane beyond its critical angle of attack, which resulted in the airplane entering an aerodynamic stall/spin. Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Toxicology testing identified a prescription antidepressant and its metabolite, as well as a prescription drug used to treat hypertension in the pilot's liver and blood. These medications are unlikely to have contributed to the accident. Calculations of the airplane's weight and balance at the time of the accident showed that it was likely loaded just below or slightly in excess of its maximum gross weight.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin.


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Revision history:

07-Jul-2014 00:06 Geno Added
07-Jul-2014 00:16 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Source]
07-Jul-2014 08:11 gerard57 Updated [Date]
07-Jul-2014 22:59 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2014 06:55 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Damage]
11-Jul-2014 00:23 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage]
25-Aug-2014 20:42 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
30-Nov-2017 18:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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