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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43634
Last updated: 4 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172I
Owner/operator:Skyvue Flying Club
Registration: N8353L
C/n / msn: 17256553
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Gladwin, MI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Gladwin, MI (KGDW)
Destination airport:Gladwin, MI (KGDW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Several witnesses reported seeing the airplane maneuvering over their position at a low altitude. The airplane was observed in a left turn when it suddenly banked to the right and left before descending vertically (nose down) into a wooded area. Several individuals stated that the pilot often took aerial photographs during his flights. The pilot's logbook documented numerous flights that were undertaken for the expressed purpose of photographing objects on the ground. Local law enforcement personnel recovered a digital camera that was slung around the pilot's neck. The camera contained photographs of the immediate area surrounding the accident site. The recovered image metadata showed that 112 photos were taken during the accident flight. Examination of the recovered wreckage revealed no evidence of a pre-impact mechanical malfunction.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while maneuvering at a low altitude. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's diverted attention while attempting to photograph ground objects.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
15-Apr-2016 20:03 L.MIEDEMA Updated [Cn, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 19:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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