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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36044
Last updated: 14 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182B
Registration: N54FC
C/n / msn: 51897
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ozona, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:O8E
Destination airport:Midkiff, TX (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Two witnesses observed the single-engine airplane take off into the dark night on a bearing of 340 degrees. The wreckage was found the next morning approximately three miles from the departure end of the runway on gently rising terrain at an elevation of 2,978 feet MSL. The elevation of the departure airport was 2,381 feet MSL. The aircraft was found severely fragmented along a 625-foot energy path bearing 360 degrees. All components of the aircraft were found within the energy path. A field examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal evidence of any pre-impact anomalies. Flight control continuity could not be established due to the fragmentation of the airframe. However, the control cables were examined, and each exhibited overload in the segments that were broken. Toxicology tests on the pilot were negative, and no pre-existing medical conditions were found during an autopsy that would have contributed to the accident. The estimated weight and balance for the airplane was within limits.
Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to obtain/maintain clearance from terrain during initial climb after take off. A contributing factor was the dark night.


FAA register: 2. FAA:

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
05-Feb-2016 15:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 10:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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