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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35049
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Date:07-FEB-2000
Time:06:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150J
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N63YZ
MSN: 15070105
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Redwood City, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sacramento, CA (SAC)
Destination airport:San Carlos, CA (SQL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
During cruise flight, about 1/4 mile from the destination airport, the pilot entered fog, altered course, then collided with the guide wire of a lighted commercial radio antenna. The pilot regularly commuted to the destination airport near his work. Weather forecasts obtained by the pilot indicated that low ceilings and visibilities were moving into the area around his destination. As the pilot was approaching the destination airport, he reported observing the airport, as well as cloud layers, over the bay that lay along his flight route. Radar data depicted the airplane's track to within about 1/4 mile of the runway, then an altered course about 180 degrees. Ground witnesses heard the airplane, saw it below a fog bank, and then heard sounds of the airplane's impact with the guide wire and the ground. Local paramedics who responded to the 911 call reported having to search for the wreckage on foot because of the thick fog.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate weather evaluation and continued visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions. Factors were the pilot's improper remedial action and his self-induced pressure.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X20501&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
12-Dec-2017 18:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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