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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174902
Last updated: 19 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172B
Registration: N8059X
C/n / msn: 17248559
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Atlantic Ocean, 21 Nautical Miles East of Mayport, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Jacksonville, FL (HEG)
Destination airport:Unknown,
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot had been experiencing difficulties in his personal life and had joked with a clergyman about 2 days before the accident that he should, “just fly his plane into the ocean.” The pilot was subsequently reported missing. The investigation revealed that he arrived at the airport where his airplane was kept about 2 o’clock in the morning the day of the accident. Radar data showed that a primary radar target departed the airport vicinity about 45 minutes later and flew east. After a brief period of maneuvering over the open ocean about 21 nautical miles from shore, radar contact with the target was lost. A portion of airplane wreckage was recovered from the ocean later that day by a commercial diving vessel and was subsequently identified as being of the same make, model, and vintage as the accident airplane. No further wreckage was recovered, nor were the remains of the pilot. A hand-written suicide note was found inside the pilot’s vehicle, which was parked in the airplane’s hangar.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s suicidal act.


FAA register: 2. FAA:

Revision history:

28-Mar-2015 19:30 harro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
11-Jan-2017 15:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Nov-2017 13:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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