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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212671
Last updated: 17 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150J
Owner/operator:Outerbanks Seaplanes Llc
Registration: N60111
C/n / msn: 15070076
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dare County Regional Airport (KMQI), Manteo, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:Manteo, NC (MQI)
Destination airport:Manteo, NC (MQI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The commercial pilot was performing a banner-tow flight. A ground crewmember who witnessed the accident stated that the airplane was operating too low during the banner pickup. That witness and another indicated that, when the airplane picked up the banner-tow rope, it became entangled in the area of the left horizontal stabilizer and elevator. The pilot radioed that he was unable to release the banner rope and could not turn the airplane. The airplane yawed left and only climbed to about 250 ft before descending into the trees by the airport.

A postaccident examination of the flight controls and the engine revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation with the exception that the banner tow rope was wrapped around the leading edge of the left horizontal stabilizer.

During the approach to pick up the banner, the wind was a direct left crosswind at 10 knots gusting to 14 knots. It is likely that the pilot flew an approach that was hampered by the crosswind. During pickup of the tow line, the banner tow-rope became entangled with the horizontal stabilizer and elevator, reducing the pilot's ability to control the airplane, and resulted in a loss of control in flight.

Probable Cause: A loss of control due to the banner tow rope becoming entangled with the left horizontal stabilizer in crosswind conditions.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

27-Jun-2018 18:33 Captain Adam Added
27-Jun-2018 23:19 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
28-Jun-2018 14:27 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
28-Jun-2018 20:07 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
22-May-2020 09:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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