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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36533
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Date:26-OCT-1997
Time:11:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172E
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N3097U
C/n / msn: 17250697
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Elkton, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Winchester, VA (OKV)
Destination airport:West Palm Beach, FL (LNA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot took off on a VFR cross country flight in IMC conditions. The pilot did not possess an instrument rating and the airplane was not certified for IFR operation. He did not obtain a weather briefing and did not file a flight plan. The pilot told a witness that he planned to 'get above the clouds.' Radar data revealed the airplane was aloft for 1 hour and 43 minutes, but traveled a straight line distance of only 46 miles. Examination of the airplane's ground track revealed several heading changes greater than 270 degrees with three turns of 360 degrees. The airplane came to rest suspended in trees on top of a ridgeline approximately 3,300 feet above sea level. CAUSE: The pilot's intention VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions. Contributing factors were clouds and mountainous/hilly terrain..

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X09094


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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