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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37804
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Date:23-APR-1998
Time:11:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150H
Owner/operator:Tom King
Registration: N50385
C/n / msn: 15069267
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Parowan, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(1L9)
Destination airport:Chino, CA (CNO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The airplane (powered by a 100 horse power engine) was departing from runway 22 (elevation 5,930 feet, density altitude 7,944 feet) and one witness said that it 'appeared to be flying very slow with its nose high.' Another witness reported that 'the engine was putting out everything it had at full RPM and it was smooth.' The flight instructor was seen waving to the people standing in front of the hangar. The above second witness further described the airplane as 'wobbling, struggling and mushing, and then it spun to the ground.' For approximately the last 3 years, the flight instructor had been towing banners in California with a Cessna 150 powered by 180 horse powered engine and modified with a STOL kit. A witness reported that the wind, at the time of the accident, was out of the south 20 to 25 knots gusting 30 to 35 knots. Several other witnesses reported that at the time of the airplane's departure, 'the wind was blowing loose dirt parallel to the ground.' CAUSE: The pilot's failure to maintain sufficient airspeed and the subsequent inadvertent stall/spin. Factors were the high density altitude, the high, gusty wind condition, and the diverted attention of the pilot.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X09846


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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