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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66410
Last updated: 15 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-160 Cherokee 160
Registration: N5519W
C/n / msn: 28-603
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (KLUK), Cincinnati, Ohio -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Lebanon, OH (I68)
Destination airport:Lunken, OH (LUK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he intended to “simply enjoy several hours” of night flying and to return to the departure airport. During the flight he noticed that the aircraft compass and directional gyro indications did not match. He was not familiar with the new GPS in the airplane and he was not able to get navigational information from it. The pilot became disoriented and did not recognize any familiar landmarks. It had become very dark. He saw a rotating airport beacon so he decided to land at that airport. As he was turning from downwind to base, the airplane hit the trees paralleling the runway. Witnesses reported that they heard the airplane approaching and saw the airplane in level flight for about 3–5 seconds at tree-top level, and then the airplane impacted the trees. Postaccident inspection of the airplane revealed no preimpact anomalies.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of situational awareness during the approach to an unfamiliar airport at night and his failure to maintain clearance from the trees. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's lack of familiarity with the airplane's navigational equipment.



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

14 Jul 2008 N5519W Jlr Flying Tigers Inc 0 KLUK w/o

Revision history:

15-Jul-2009 07:42 slowkid Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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