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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43653
Last updated: 6 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150L
Registration: N11467
C/n / msn: 15075442
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Castroville Municipal Airport, near Castroville, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Castroville, TX
Destination airport:Castroville, TX
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane had been observed performing a high speed taxi on the full length of runway 15 prior to returning to the ramp, where the engine remained operational while additional checks and visual inspections were conducted. A second attempt was made to continue the training flight. A witness reported observing the airplane as it departed, lifting-off the runway near the first taxiway intersection, and noted that it appeared that the airplane was in a pronounced nose-high attitude and the airplane was "mushing along" the entire length of the runway, while slowly gaining altitude. Witnesses also noted that the airplane managed to attain an altitude between 150 and 200 feet above the ground, then observed the nose of the airplane pitch-up, followed by the airplane entering an abrupt right bank prior to assuming a near vertical nose-down attitude to ground impact. A witness, who was in the traffic pattern at the airport, reported that she heard a mayday call from the accident airplane that reported "mayday, mayday, we've lost power, we're going down." Flight and engine control continuity was established at the accident site. No anomalies were found with the engine that could have prevented normal flight. The airplane was found to be within weight and balance limits. The density altitude was calculated by the investigator in charge at 2,732- feet.
Probable Cause: Loss of engine power for undetermined reasons and the pilot receiving instruction's failure to maintain aircraft control resulting in the stall. A factor contributing to the accident was the instructor pilot's delayed remedial action.


FAA register: 2.

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
04-Mar-2015 23:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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