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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45495
Last updated: 31 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C177 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 177
Owner/operator:Stephen J. Betsill
Registration: N306DJ
C/n / msn: 17700764
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hana, HI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kahului, HI (OGG)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane crashed into a densely forested grove of Eucalyptus trees, in a near vertical nose down attitude. There were no witnesses to the accident. Family members indicated that the flight was to be a tour of the northeast coasts of the Molokai and Maui islands. The flight was to return by 1700 for a family function. The pilot also intended to view some recently purchased property near the accident site. An aerial survey of the accident site revealed no damage to the surrounding treetops in the Eucalyptus grove. The fuselage was uniformly crushed from the nose past the aft bulkhead area. Measured crush lines located on the fuselage near the doorframe and right main landing gear strut, and the top portion of the doorframe/fuselage spar area, revealed an 80-degree crush angle to the longitudinal axis of the airplane. Adjacent to the left wing was a large Eucalyptus tree. Multiple sections of tree bark had separated from the tree starting at a height of about 75 feet and culminating at the base of the tree. The left wing had a semicircular impact mark about midspan of the wing, with a brown color transfer similar to the Eucalyptus tree. The leading edge of the wing also had a small tree limb embedded in the impacted area of the left wing. The engine was buried about 12 inches into the ground at a near vertical angle. No discrepancies were found with either the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed while maneuvering, which resulted in a stall.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 16:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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