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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42357
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Date:04-FEB-1995
Time:16:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N6464T
C/n / msn: 17864
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Arnaudville, LA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Opelousas, LA (OPL)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PASSENGER REPORTED THAT, WHILE CIRCLING NEAR A FRIEND'S HOUSE, HE HEARD A 'BEEPING' SOUND, AND THE AIRPLANE STARTED 'DROPPING QUICK.' A WITNESS STATED, 'I HEARD THE ENGINE REV, IT LOOKED AS THOUGH THE PLANE WAS TRYING TO PULL UP, BUT IT CRASHED INTO THE TREE AND GLIDED INTO THE WATER AND SANK VERY QUICKLY.' AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE AND ENGINE DID NOT REVEAL ANY PREIMPACT MECHANICAL ANOMALIES. TOXICOLOGY TESTS OF THE PILOT SHOWED THAT HIS BLOOD CONTAINED 0.289 MCG/ML OF DIAZEPAM (VALIUM) AND 0.364 MCG/ML OF NORDIAZEPAM (METABOLITE OF DIAZEPAM). VALIUM IS AN ANTIANXIETY AGENT AND MUSCLE RELAXANT, NOT APPROVED FOR USE WHILE FLYING. THE DRUG CONCENTRATION WAS IN THE THERAPEUTIC RANGE. CAUSE: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED WHILE CIRCLING AT LOW ALTITUDE, WHICH RESULTED IN AN INADVERTENT STALL AND SUBSEQUENT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN (WOODED RIVER BANK). A FACTOR RELATING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE PILOT'S USE OF A DRUG THAT WAS NOT APPROVED FOR USE WHILE FLYING.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001207X02951

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-00-4 issued 13 January 2000 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-00-5 issued 13 January 2000 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-00-6 issued 13 January 2000 by NTSB to FAA


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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