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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41519
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Date:10-SEP-1993
Time:17:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A150
Owner/operator:Metropolitan Aviation
Registration: N6013J
C/n / msn: A1500313
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Greenbelt, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Friendly, MD (W28)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT TELEPHONED A FRIEND AND TOLD HIM HE WOULD BE FLYING OVER HIS HOUSE. THE PILOT THEN PERFROMED A PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION ON THE AIRPLANE AND TOOK OFF WITH NO DISCREPANCIES NOTED. A STUDENT PILOT WAS ALSO ON BOARD. ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER, THE AIRPLANE WAS OBSERVED CIRCLING A RESIDENTIAL AREA AT ALTITUDES RANGING FROM 500 TO 1,000 FEET MEAN SEA LEVEL FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES. SOME WITNESSES REPORTED HEARING THE ENGINE 'REV UP' AND BECOME QUIET DURING THE CIRCLING. THE AIRPLANE WAS THEN OBSERVED TO INITIATE A 'STEEP' CLIMB, SUDDENLY NOSE OVER, AND SPIN INTO THE GROUND. THE AIRPLANE AERODYNAMICALLY STALLED, SPUN, IMPACTED TREES AND TERRAIN, AND BURNED. THE FLAPS WERE FOUND IN THE FULLY RETRACTED POSITION. EXAMINATIONS OF THE AIRFRAME AND ENGINE DID NOT REVEAL ANY PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL DEFICIENCIES. CAUSE: 1) THE PILOT'S POOR JUDGEMENT IN BUZZING A RESIDENTIAL AREA, 2) HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AN AIRSPEED ABOVE THE AERODYNAMIC STALLING SPEED, WHICH LED TO A STALL/SPIN, AND 3) THE INABILITY OF THE PILOT TO TAKE REMEDIAL ACTION AND RECOVER FROM THE STALL/SPIN DUE TO INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X13320


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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