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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177086
Last updated: 26 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft C23 Musketeer
Owner/operator:Ranjiv Priyantha Goonetilleke
Registration: N24022
C/n / msn: M-1927
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Long Beach (Daugherty Field) Airport (KLGB), Long Beach, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Corona, CA (AJO)
Destination airport:Long Beach, CA (LGB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that while on final approach for runway 25R during night conditions, the visual approach slope indicator (VASI) was not operational. The pilot stated that he was "too low" during the approach, so he applied full power in an attempt to go-around. The airplane impacted the top of trees about 530 feet east of the runway and then impacted the airport perimeter fence about 380 feet east of the runway.

The pilot reported there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.
Probable Cause: The pilot failed to maintain clearance from trees while maneuvering to land at night, which resulted in a collision with terrain/objects. A factor contributing to the accident was the lack of oversight by ATC; failing to insure that the fully operational VASI was turned on during the hours of darkness.



Revision history:

19-Jun-2015 06:31 Geno Added
19-Jun-2015 12:23 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
19-Jun-2015 15:13 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 13:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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