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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166962
Last updated: 19 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182A Skylane
Owner/operator:Fly Free Skydiving
Registration: N5172D
C/n / msn: 51272
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:South of Valmeyer, Illinois -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Festus, MO (FES)
Destination airport:Festus, MO (FES)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot's report, he leveled the airplane about 11,000 feet and established a speed of 80 mph with 10 degrees of flaps extended. When the last skydiver exited the airplane, its nose pitched up. The pilot pushed forwarded on the control wheel and added full engine power. He experienced "difficulties" in pushing the control wheel forward and thought a parachute caused the control issue. The pilot subsequently used full nose down trim to assist his control of the airplane. A witness in a chase airplane confirmed the bent right horizontal stabilizer. The pilot assessed the deteriorating flight control situation. He decided to jump out of the airplane over farmland and use his emergency parachute there. The pilot observed the accident airplane spiral down as he descended under his parachute. A skydiver reported there were no mechanical malfunctions up to the time he exited and the last skydiver confirmed that his reserve canopy had deployed prematurely as he was leaving the step. The pilot reported no other mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The inadvertent deployment of the skydiver's drogue chute when he exited the airplane, resulting in it contacting and damaging the horizontal stabilizer.


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Revision history:

14-Jun-2014 23:55 Geno Added
15-Jun-2014 19:56 Geno Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 15:02 ASN Update Bot Updated [Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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