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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34607
Last updated: 24 August 2020
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Date:29-OCT-1998
Time:23:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182Q
Owner/operator:Amar Transportation
Registration: N5352N
C/n / msn: 18267662
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Accident
Location:Fresno, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:(FCH)
Destination airport:Watsonville, CA (WVI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot stated that he was waiting in the transient tie down parking ramp near the terminal for his passengers to arrive. They contacted him by cell phone and told him they were in the terminal parking lot and would be there shortly and to start the engine. The pilot said he then got into the airplane, started the engine and turned on the strobes and navigation lights, then waited for the passengers to come. He said he waited an additional 5 to 6 minutes after he saw a group of people near the fence gate which leads to the transient parking area. After looking at the instruments he looked up and saw one of the intended passengers in front of the wing tip walking toward the engine. The passenger walked into the rotating propeller just as the pilot attempted to shut down the engine. The moon was near the western horizon and not visible. The nearest street light standards illuminating the area were 52 and 66 feet away from the airplane. CAUSE: The pilot's decision to allow unescorted passengers to approach the aircraft with the engine running, and, the passenger's failure to see and avoid the rotating propeller. A factor in the accident was the low ambient lighting conditions, which would have made the rotating propeller difficult to see.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X11297


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