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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43854
Last updated: 26 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150M
Owner/operator:Indiana Aircraft Service
Registration: N66513
C/n / msn: 15076092
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bedford, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Bedford, IN (BFR)
Destination airport:Bedford, IN (BFR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Eyewitnesses reported that the airplane was on a high final approach to runway 6 when it made a sudden 90-degree left turn to the north. The airplane then momentarily leveled its wings before entering a 45-degree dive toward the ground. The eyewitnesses thought it was unusual that the airplane was maneuvering toward runway 6, because the winds were out of the west. The airplane contacted a tree line before impacting an asphalt driveway and a house. The calculated descent angle was 28-degrees. According to the Indiana State Police, the student pilot and his ex-wife had an on-going custody dispute concerning their minor daughter. The passenger on board the airplane was the pilot's minor daughter. The house that the airplane impacted belonged to the pilot's ex-mother-in-law. The event was handled by the Indiana State Police as a murder/suicide homicide investigation. According to FAA regulation 14 CFR Part 61.89(a), a student pilot is prohibited from acting as pilot-in-command of an aircraft carrying passengers. Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of a pre-impact mechanical malfunction.

Probable Cause: Suicide.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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