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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 2786
Last updated: 16 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AC50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero Commander 500S Shrike Commander
Owner/operator:Aero Aviation
Registration: N9179N
C/n / msn: 3126
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:S Portsmouth, KY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Columbus
Destination airport:Huntington, WV
While en route from Columbus to Huntington, the pilot informed ATC about an engine failure and attempted to divert to the nearest airport. Control was lost and the airplane crashed in the Ohio River off South Portsmouth, Kentucky. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot's body was not recovered.
Note : Despite being destroyed, the aircraft was repaired and it now flying as N4XR.
- Probable Cause :
"Powerplant failure for undetermined reason. The pilot was observed to exit the aircraft and to swim toward shore. He disappeared and his body was never recovered."




Photo of N9179N courtesy

Portsmouth / Ohio River [ Off-Airport ]
May 1976; (c) Bob Garrard

Photo via Bob Garrard

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
26-Feb-2019 20:04 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Photo]
08-Apr-2019 20:55 Captain Adam Updated [Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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