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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45580
Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Date:18-APR-2002
Time:17:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic AC11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rockwell Commander 112TC
Owner/operator:private
Registration: HB-NCX
C/n / msn: 13014
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Milan -   Italy
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Locarno
Destination airport:Milano-Linate
Investigating agency: ANSV
Narrative:
A Commander 112TC single-engine airplane, Switzerland registration HB-NCX, impacted a 30-story office building (Pirelli Tower) in Milan, Italy, and was destroyed. The pilot, the sole occupant, was killed. At least two persons on the ground were killed, and 30 more received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The airplane departed from Locarno, Switzerland, and was destined for Milan.

Probable Cause:
The most likely cause of the accident lies with the pilot's inability to adequately manage the conduct of the final phase of flight in the presence of technical and environmental issues.
The hypothesis of a self-destructive action of the pilot is considered reasonably unlikely.
Causal factors
- Technical problem.
- Discomfort due to lack of operational flight trainers.
- Ambiguities, contradictions and inadequacies in the instructions and radio communications.

Sources:

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20020419X00550&key=1
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=28828 (Photo of the airplane)
http://www.ansv.it/cgi-bin/ita/Rel.%20A_18_02HB-NCX.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: ANSV
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
11-Oct-2010 06:12 harro Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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