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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 72384
Last updated: 1 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Cooper Aviation Llc
Registration: N1085D
C/n / msn: E-2985
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Winslow, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Hot Springs, AR (HOT)
Destination airport:Fayetteville, AR (FYV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Before being vectored for an instrument approach to the destination airport, the airplane was in visual meteorological conditions above a layer of clouds that contained reported icing conditions. During the descent, and as the airplane approached the initial fix for the approach, the airplane entered instrument meteorological conditions. Air traffic control communications and radar data indicated the airplane flew past the initial fix and through the approach course after the air traffic controller instructed the pilot to intercept the approach course. The airplane turned right toward, and again through the approach course, followed by an additional and larger heading correction to the left and through the approach course. The airplane then flew an increasingly erratic flightpath until it disappeared from radar. The applicable Pilot's Operating Handbook and FAA-approved Airplane Flight Manual indicated that flight in icing conditions is prohibited. The challenging visibility conditions and the airplane's flight track were conducive to the onset of pilot spatial disorientation.
Probable Cause: The instrument-rated pilot's spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control of the airplane during flight in instrument meteorological and icing conditions.



Revision history:

07-Feb-2010 00:51 slowkid Added
07-Feb-2010 01:56 RobertMB Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Feb-2012 19:14 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 15:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Oct-2020 01:06 Captain Adam Updated [Other fatalities, Location]

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