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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34619
Last updated: 29 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182Q
Registration: N95726
C/n / msn: 18266610
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nixon, NV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Grass Valley, CA (O17)
Destination airport:Winnemucca, NV (WMC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The noninstrument rated pilot was en route VFR on a northeasterly course to the destination. During the last 8 minutes of the flight, recorded radar data showed the aircraft descending from 14,500 feet to 13,000 feet, on a southwesterly course until the aircraft abruptly entered a left descending spiral and disappeared from radar near the accident site. Meteorological data and pilot reports showed cloud tops in the area near 15,000 feet with higher tops further east and rime icing probable in the clouds. The pilot received a weather briefing from flight service the previous evening (11 hours before the flight) which forecast VFR conditions along the route. The pilot did not receive any further briefing before departing the following morning. Updated weather, available in the morning, contained reports of poorer weather than previously forecast. CAUSE: The noninstrument rated pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during an attempted flight into adverse weather which resulted in inadvertent VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions. Factors in the accident were the pilot's failure to obtain an updated briefing prior to departure, and icing conditions encountered after entering the clouds.



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24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added

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