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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38852
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Date:14-NOV-1992
Time:19:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C177 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 177B
Owner/operator:Litco Brokers
Registration: N34664
C/n / msn: 17701928
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:War, WV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Welch, WV (I25)
Destination airport:Middlesboro, KY (1A6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE STUDENT PILOT AND HIS TWO PASSENGERS DEPARTED THE AIRPORT DURING HOURS OF DARKNESS. A WEATHER BRIEFING WAS NOT OBTAINED. THE FLIGHT WAS OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AND ENCOUNTERED LOW CLOUDS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL. WITNESSES HEARD THE AIRPLANE OVERHEAD BUT COULD NOT SEE IT UNTIL IT DESCENDED OUT FROM THE CLOUDS IN A 'TWISTING' MOTION. THE LEFT WING HAD SEPARATED IN FLIGHT IN POSITIVE BENDING, FOLLOWED BY THE RUDDER. THE REMAINDER OF THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED TERRAIN ABOUT 1000 FEET FROM THE LEFT WING. NO PRE IMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WERE FOUND WITH THE AIRFRAME OR ENGINE. THE PILOT HAD RECENTLY PURCHASED THE AIRPLANE AND DID NOT OBTAIN FLIGHT TRAINING IN IT. CAUSE: VFR FLIGHT BY THE PILOT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS, HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE DUE TO SPATIAL DISORIENTATION, AND THE PILOT ALLOWING THE DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF THE AIRCRAFT TO BE EXCEEDED. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO OBTAIN A PREFLIGHT WEATHER BRIEFING, DARKNESS, AND THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDIITON.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X15993


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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