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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45211
Last updated: 15 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172
Registration: N7301A
C/n / msn: 29401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Republic, WA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Republic, WA (R49)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot, with one passenger/observer aboard, was conducting an aerial search for a missing person in mountainous terrain. Witnesses to the accident reported that the airplane was observed on a westerly heading (in the direction of the summit) just above the treetops. A witness stated the airplane was in a level flight attitude when it suddenly banked sharply to the left and entered a steep descent, ultimately impacting terrain in a nose low attitude. The wreckage came to rest approximately 50 feet south (down hill) from a series of high-tension power lines. A series of parallel scratch marks were observed on both wings of the airplane, however, no damage was noted to the power lines or associated support structures. Post accident examination of the engine, airframe and associated components revealed no evidence of a pre impact mechanical failure or anomaly.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed resulting in a stall and subsequent loss of control during low altitude maneuvering.



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 18:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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