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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 73435
Last updated: 8 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna T206H
Registration: N206GG
C/n / msn: T20608495
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Cedar Key-George T Lewis Airport, FL (CDK) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Cedar Key, FL (CDK)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The accident occurred less than 4 minutes after takeoff in dark night conditions and over open water, as the airplane was maneuvering near the airport. The flight departed about 15 minutes after midnight and the moon was below the horizon. Radar captured the airplane on the upwind, crosswind, and downwind legs for runway 5, reaching an altitude of 900 feet mean sea level (msl). The airplane’s last radar contact indicated a turn to base leg at 600 feet msl, while the airplane was flying toward the ocean. Witnesses at the departure airport observed the airplane on the downwind leg and then lost sight of it as the airplane turned southwest. Shortly after, a bright flash of light was observed in the water just west from their location. Wreckage examination concluded that the airplane was in a 30- to 40-degree left bank and a 5- to 10-degree nose-below-horizon attitude at the time of water impact. There was no evidence of preimpact failure or malfunction with the airplane and its systems.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the water during a dark night approach to a coastal airport.




photo NTSB

Revision history:

12-Mar-2010 10:57 harro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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