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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175101
Last updated: 16 October 2019
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Date:03-APR-2015
Time:20:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft V35B Bonanza
Owner/operator:Power Daniel N
Registration: N9172Q
C/n / msn: D-9250
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Wetumpka Municipal Airport (08A), Wetumpka, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Galveston, TX (GLS)
Destination airport:Wetumpka, AL (08A)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot reported that he was landing his airplane at night and mistook the hangar lights for runway lights. The airplane struck trees on the final approach, then the ground before coming to rest, inverted. The pilot said that, in retrospect, he was on the incorrect radio frequency when he attempted to turn on the pilot-activated runway lights. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the wreckage and reported that the airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical problems with the airplane at the time of the accident. The runway lights operated normally after the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's use of an incorrect radio frequency when attempting to turn on the runway lights, resulting is an attempt to land the airplane while aligned with airport hangar lights.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150406X41451&key=1
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N9172Q/history/20150403/2155Z/KGLS/08A

FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=9172Q


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Apr-2015 23:02 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 13:02 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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