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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71560
Last updated: 15 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna P172D Skyhawk Powermatic
Registration: N8584X
C/n / msn: P17257184
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:About two miles east of The Eastern Iowa Airport, IA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tulsa, OK (RVS)
Destination airport:Washington, IA (AWG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument-rated pilot received a preflight weather briefing and delayed the flight as instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) were forecast for his route of flight until 1200. The briefer stated that the ceiling at the pilotís destination airport would probably be 2,000 feet overcast at best later in the day. At 1600, the pilot departed without obtaining another weather briefing, and received flight following during the course of the flight. The pilot reported that while en route he was going to stop for fuel; however, the destination airport was IMC so he decided to continue. Upon reaching his destination he discovered that the weather was IMC, so he diverted to a nearby airport, where he requested emergency assistance. The approach controller offered the nearest visual flight rules airport; however, the pilot stated that he did not have enough fuel to get there. The pilot informed the controller that he had practiced instrument landing system (ILS) approaches during a flight review. The controller gave the pilot vectors and a frequency for an ILS approach. The pilot stated that he attempted to fly the glideslope, but that he became confused as to whether he should climb or descend in order to center the glideslope needle. The airplane contacted the terrain about 2 miles east of the airport and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The pilot had a total of 4 hours of instrument flight time.
Probable Cause: The pilot's continued visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions and his failure to maintain a proper glidepath during the approach. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's lack of instrument proficiency.



Revision history:

18-Jan-2010 07:09 RobertMB Added
18-Jan-2010 07:17 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
18-Jan-2010 07:24 RobertMB Updated [Registration]
19-Jan-2010 15:36 RobertMB Updated [Total occupants, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 15:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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