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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69439
Last updated: 15 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172P
Owner/operator:Sky Training Llc
Registration: N55479
C/n / msn: 17275191
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bennington, Vermont -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:West Milford, NJ (4N1)
Destination airport:West Milford, NJ (4N1)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot entered the traffic pattern at night and was observed flying in a right-hand traffic pattern to runway 13. The Airport/Facility Directory did not direct right-hand traffic for runway 13. Witnesses observed the pilot having difficulty landing the airplane; he was flying too high on final approach and performed at least two go-arounds. The airplane was last observed with its navigation lights illuminated on the base leg as the airplane impacted trees and terrain. Two witnesses stated that the engine was running at the time of impact. The wreckage came to rest on wooded terrain, at an elevation of about 1,082 feet, or about 250 feet above the airport's elevation. If the pilot had flown the same altitude on a left-hand pattern to runway 13, at the same point in the pattern where the accident occurred, the airplane would have cleared the terrain by about 300 feet. Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of preexisting mechanical anomalies. Inspection of the pilotís logbook showed no evidence that he had previously flown approaches at the airport.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain clearance from terrain during a night approach. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís non-standard traffic pattern over higher terrain.




Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

27-Oct-2009 00:46 slowkid Added
27-Oct-2009 01:22 RobertMB Updated
27-Oct-2009 04:42 slowkid Updated
22-Jul-2010 10:49 harro Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 17:07 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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