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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34893
Last updated: 29 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172P
Owner/operator:Montgomery Aviation
Registration: N54172
C/n / msn: 17274902
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:York, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Gaithersburg, MD (GAI)
Destination airport:(THV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was on final approach to a 4,448 foot long runway with a displaced threshold of 740 feet. A passenger in a landing helicopter stated '...Our position was approx. 1/3 down the runway and as far left in the taxiway area finishing final approach. We were down to 15-20 ft. As I continued to observe the aircraft. The wings began to seesaw left and right, back and forth and then the airplane dropped sharply and I observed debris fly up from below the drop off at the end of the runway.' Another witnesses observed the airplane pitched down more than 60 degrees and in a turn. The airplane impacted a grass knoll about 300 feet from the displaced threshold of the runway, and came to rest inverted. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact malfunctions of the airframe or engine. CAUSE: The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed during final approach which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin.



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24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added

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