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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44281
Last updated: 10 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
Registration: N1548Y
C/n / msn: E-2483
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Datil, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Capitan, NM (4AZ2)
Destination airport:Phoenix, AZ (DVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Approximately 45 minutes into the cross-country flight, the airplane collided with hilly terrain during daytime hours in visual meteorological conditions. Examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller revealed no anomalies that precluded normal operation prior to impact. Postmortem examination of the pilot revealed atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with severe blockage of the coronary arteries, and a clot noted in the left anterior descending artery. The autopsy report stated, "...the presence of significant atherosclerotic narrowing of the left anterior descending artery may have precipitated an abnormal heart rhythm (dysrhythmia) producing an incapacitating event during flight that resulted in the crash."
Probable Cause: the pilot's loss of control during flight as a result of incapacitation due to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Dec-2017 11:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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