Accident Cessna TP337G Pressurized Skymaster N1ZP,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35395
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Date:Friday 16 May 1997
Time:07:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P337 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna TP337G Pressurized Skymaster
Owner/operator:Robert A. Harder
Registration: N1ZP
MSN: P3370272
Total airframe hrs:2152 hours
Engine model:Continental TSIO-360-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:North Dansville, NY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hornell, NY (3G6)
Destination airport:Rochester, NY (KROC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot received a partial weather briefing before departure. Forecast for the destination airport was, in part: 900 ft scattered, 1,500 ft overcast, visibility greater than 6 mi, with occasional visibility of 5 mi, ceiling 900 ft broken, and 1,500 ft overcast. Elevation of the destination airport was 560 ft. The pilot departed without filing a flight plan. Radar data revealed that a radar target appeared 1 mile north of the departure airport, heading north. The radar target climbed to 2,400 feet, and then started a descent. The radar target disappeared about 1 mile south of the accident site at 2,100 feet, while heading north and descending. Subsequently, the airplane struck trees near the top of a hill at an elevation of about 1650 feet, while on a northerly heading. Witnesses in the area reported low clouds, fog, and rain. No preimpact mechanical failure was found. The blades of both propellers contained chordwise scratches and twisting or curling.

Probable Cause: the pilot's improper decision to continue VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions, and his failure to maintain clearance from rising/wooded terrain. The adverse weather conditions and rising wooded terrain were related factors.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC97FA092
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Apr-2024 15:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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