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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42971
Last updated: 18 June 2020
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Date:06-SEP-1997
Time:17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182E
Owner/operator:Amorok Inc t/a Boston-Providence Skydving Center
Registration: N3286Y
C/n / msn: 182-54286
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:North Central Airport, Smithfield, Rhode Island -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:North Central Airport, Smithfield, Rhode Island (SFZ/KSFZ)
Destination airport:North Central Airport, Smithfield, Rhode Island (SFZ/KSFZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The airplane flew eight times on the same day, prior to the accident flight, taking skydivers aloft and releasing them. According to the airplane's log, the airplane was refueled 2 flights prior to the accident flight with 20 gallons of fuel. According to the owner, this was to keep the airplane within the center of gravity limits. According to witnesses and a video taken of the airplane, the pilot and five skydivers boarded the airplane and departed. The airplane reached about 300 feet agl when the engine lost power. The witnesses reported that the airplane pitched up in a nose high attitude, rolled left, and descended until ground impact about 90 degrees off runway heading. The airplane came to rest in an upright position, against the initial trees of a wooded area. The propeller was found under the right wing. One blade was bent aft 90 degrees with lengthwise scratching. The engine was test run, and no mechanical malfunction were found.

CAUSE: A loss of engine power for undetermined reason, and the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane.

Sources:

1. NTSB IDENTIFICATION IAD97FA117: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X08865
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=3286y


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
05-Feb-2016 14:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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