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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43932
Last updated: 3 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172L
Owner/operator:Miller Aircraft Services, Inc
Registration: N9850G
C/n / msn: 17259750
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Crookston, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Crookston, MN (CKN)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane took off in deteriorating meteorological conditions and impacted the ground about 1 mile from the departure airport, fatally injuring both occupants. The pilot held a private pilot certificate and had accumulated 102.5 hours of total flight experience but only 4.6 hours of simulated instrument experience; he had no actual flying experience in instrument conditions. Near the time of the accident, the weather was reported as a ceiling of 200 feet above the ground with snow and 1 mile of visibility. It is likely that the non-instrument rated private pilotís decision to take off in deteriorating weather conditions was due to his lack of flying experience; once he took off into the instrument meteorological conditions, he became spatially disoriented and was unable to maintain control of the airplane. Examination of the airplane revealed no pre-impact anomalies.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadvertent flight into instrument meteorological conditions which led to his spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control. Factors were the snow, the low ceiling, and the pilot's lack of instrument flight experience.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
02-Nov-2010 04:28 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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