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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42334
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Date:07-JUN-1993
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150E
Owner/operator:Atlantic Coastal Aerial
Registration: N3981U
C/n / msn: 15061381
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Selbyville, DE -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT WAS CONDUCTING A BANNER TOW PICKUP. ANOTHER TOW PILOT WHO WAS PERFORMING GROUND DUTIES STATED THAT THE APPROACH AND CLIMB SEEMED NORMAL UNTIL ABOUT 50 TO 100 FEET, WHEN THE AIRPLANE NOSED OVER FOR A FEW SECONDS AND THEN STARTED TO CLIMB AGAIN. THE WITNESS SAID THE BANNER PICKUP WAS NORMAL, BUT THEN THE TOW AIRPLANE 'STARTED TO DESCEND AND WOBBLE THE WINGS.' THE BANNER WAS RELEASED AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSE 'PITCHED UP.' THE WITNESS SAID THE AIRPLANE THEN APPEARED TO STALL AND DID A 180 DEGREE TURN TO THE RIGHT AND HIT THE GROUND IN A STEEP ATTITUDE. THE INVESTIGATION DID NOT DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE PILOT COMPLETED BANNER TOWING TRAINING ABOUT A MONTH EARLIER, AND HE HAD SINCE ACQUIRED ABOUT 33 HOURS TOTAL TIME OF BANNER TOWING EXPERIENCE. CAUSE: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER AIRSPEED RESULTING IN AN INADVERTENT STALL/SPIN AND COLLISION WITH THE TERRAIN. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN THE BANNER TOWING OPERATION.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X12677


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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