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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44096
Last updated: 2 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N
Owner/operator:Twin Cities Air Service, LLC
Registration: N572BA
C/n / msn: 17271675
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newry, ME -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Bethel, ME (0B1)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
After boarding three Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets for an orientation flight, the flight instructor of the Cessna 172 executed a takeoff. Once airborne, the airplane made an "immediate" right turn directly towards a mountain. The airplane continued towards the mountain, paralleled the mountain's face, then passed over the mountain and out of sight. The wreckage was located in a heavily wooded area 2,070 feet above sea level. The debris path and impact marks were consistent with a near vertical impact. Also, no preimpact mechanical malfunctions were discovered when the wreckage was examined. The flight instructor had a history of flying low and performing maneuvers bordering on excessive with cadets onboard. The day of the accident and on the flight prior to the accident flight, cadets experienced zero-g maneuvers, along with near vertical climbs and descents with the pilot recovering between 75 to 100 feet above the ground.
Probable Cause: The flight instructor's failure to maintain altitude/clearance while maneuvering, which resulted in an impact with trees.



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 09:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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