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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202387
Last updated: 10 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S
Owner/operator:Goddard Aircraft Club Inc
Registration: N474SP
C/n / msn: 172S8020
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bowie, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Ocean City, MD (OXB)
Destination airport:Bowie, MD (W00)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, during approach to land in night conditions, he noticed that the airspeed displayed on a newly installed electronic flight instrument was reading slightly different than the airspeed indicator. He added that his altitude judgement was affected “by the scarcity of observable objects in the landing area, the ’black hole’ effect, which was likely worsened by the brightness of the [electronic instrument].” When the pilot looked up from the instrument panel, he saw tree branches approaching. The airplane struck the trees and came to rest inverted.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain situational awareness during the approach to land. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s distraction by the instrument panel during the approach.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

01-Dec-2017 08:20 Rumbachtaler Added
01-Dec-2017 08:30 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
01-Dec-2017 11:45 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 20:12 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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