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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43896
Last updated: 20 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150J
Owner/operator:Banner Joe
Registration: N50814
C/n / msn: 15069569
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:San Diego, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Banner towing
Departure airport:San Diego, CA (SEE)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
During a banner pickup maneuver between two poles, witnesses saw the airplane approach the poles at the correct altitude with the flaps extended as prescribed; however, it appeared to be flying at a slower than normal speed for the pickup. Procedures dictate that just before the airplane reaches the pickup poles, the pilot is supposed to apply full power, and pitch the nose of the airplane up approximately 45 degrees to swing the hook into the towline strung between the pickup poles. As the airplane reached the poles, the engine noise did not increase and the airplane did not pitch up enough initially to capture the towline, but it did pitch to the correct 45-degree angle seconds after the miss. The engine power did not increase as the airplane continued to climb until it stalled, and then rolled over to the left into the ground. Investigators noted no preimpact anomalies with the engine, engine controls, or airframe.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper use of the throttle and failure to maintain an adequate airspeed that resulted in a stall/spin.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:33 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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