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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41945
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Date:08-OCT-1994
Time:10:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N
Owner/operator:Naples Air Center
Registration: N4851D
C/n / msn: 17272373
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Ochopee, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Naples, FL (APF)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
FLIGHT WAS BEING OPERATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING TELEMETRY INFORMATION FROM FLORIDA PANTHERS WHO WERE EQUIPPED WITH RADIO COLLARS. THE FLIGHT WAS OBSERVED TO APPROACH FROM THE SOUTHEAST AND CIRCLE THREE TIMES TO THE RIGHT WHILE AT A SLOW AIRSPEED AND LOW ALTITUDE. THE FLIGHT THEN HEADED SOUTHEAST AND DESCENDED TO TREE TOP LEVEL. THE AIRCRAFT THEN NOSED UP INTO A STEEP CLIMB AND THE RIGHT WING AND NOSE DROPPED DOWN. THE AIRCRAFT DESCENDED NOSE DOWN AND IMPACTED IN THE SWAMP. NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATE PRECRASH FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE, FLIGHT CONTROLS OR ENGINE WAS FOUND AFTER THE ACCIDENT. THIS WAS THE PILOT'S FIRST PANTHER TRACKING FLIGHT. THE PILOT HAD BEEN BRIEFED NOT TO GO BELOW 500 FEET AND TO WATCH HIS AIRSPEED AND USE FLAPS WHEN AT SLOW SPEEDS. CAUSE: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED WHILE MANEUVERING RESULTING IN AN INADVERTENT STALL AND AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT UNTIL IMPACT IN A SWAMP.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001206X02486


Revision history:

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

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