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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45159
Last updated: 12 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M
Owner/operator:Harold Evan Grassley
Registration: N13368
C/n / msn: 17262706
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:McAllen, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Edinburg Int'l, TX (25R)
Destination airport:McAllen, TX (MFE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was returning to its home base from a local, round-robin flight. Witnesses reported that the accident aircraft was on final approach, when the pilot, without advising the tower, performed a 360-degree left turn. After the 360-degree turn, the aircraft proceeded inbound to the runway. Both witnesses observed the airplane touch down approximately 1,000 feet down the runway on the right main landing gear, bounce once, and start a slow turn to the right. The witnesses also stated that the airplane climbed to about 50 feet AGL, descended slightly, and struck the top of a 40-foot high tree just outside of the airport perimeter fence before nose-diving into the ground. The airplane then burst into flames. No mechanical anomalies were revealed during an examination of the airplane or logbooks. The reported wind conditions at the time of the accident were; 150 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 21 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to recover from a bounced landing which resulted in a loss of control. Contributing factors were the gusty winds.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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