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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32335
Last updated: 18 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Owner/operator:Hartford City Airport Owners Group
Registration: N1405Q
C/n / msn: 15072705
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:South Lawn, The White House, Washington, D.C. -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Churchville-Aldino Airport, Maryland (0W3)
Destination airport:-
Frank Eugene Corder (May 26, 1956–September 12, 1994) crashed a stolen Cessna 150L onto the South Lawn of the White House early on September 12, 1994, apparently trying to hit the building; he was killed, and was the sole casualty.

Corder stole the Cessna on the night of September 11 and departed from Aldino Airport in Maryland while severely intoxicated, which is presumed to have led to his later miscalculation. The plane was noticed by radar technicians at Washington National Airport several minutes before he tried to steer it into the wall of the White House. At 1:49 a.m., he hit the South Lawn and died on impact. Corder died from multiple, massive blunt-force injuries. Based on the physical evidence, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that the crash was intentional rather than a failed attempt at a controlled landing. The airplane's velocity on impact clearly exceeded a safe landing speed. Moreover, the airplane's wing flaps were up and its throttle position was "full forward," neither of which is characteristic of an aircraft in a landing posture.

The crash caused a re-evaluation in security procedures around the White House, as the pilot had entered restricted airspace. Though the White House is rumored to be equipped with surface-to-air missiles, none were fired. The Secret Service has neither confirmed nor dispelled the rumor.




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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
20-Feb-2011 14:24 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Mar-2015 20:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-May-2016 17:51 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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