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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44879
Last updated: 31 October 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172N
Registration: N75812
C/n / msn: 17267969
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Moselle, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Laurel, MS (LUL)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Witnesses stated they observed the airplane flying eastbound between 400 to 500 feet above ground level in the vicinity of the radio tower. The airplane circled around the tower once, and then was observed to go around the tower again heading east. The nose of the airplane was observed by both witnesses to pitch up, and the airplane collided with one of the suspension cables. The right wing collided with the tower, the nose of the airplane pitched down, and the airplane disappeared from view behind some trees. Examination of the airplane revealed orange paint was present on the leading edge of the right wing outboard of the right wing strut attachment fitting, and extended outboard to the separated right wing tip. Orange paint was also present on a separated section of the right aileron. In addition, wire marks were present on the leading edge of the rudder assembly. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, and engine assembly revealed no anomalies.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance and his inadequate visual look-out while maneuvering resulting in an in-flight collision with a radio tower.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:51 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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