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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30756
Last updated: 23 December 2020
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Date:19-FEB-1999
Time:19:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 76 Duchess
Owner/operator:Ari-ben Aviator
Registration: N3819D
C/n / msn: ME392
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Mesquite, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Addison, TX (ADS)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
During a night landing with a simulated right engine failure, the multi-engine rated instrument student flared 'higher than normal.' The airspeed decreased to 'approximately 68 knots,' near the airplane's minimum control speed of 65 knots. The flight instructor (CFI) called for the student to add power. The student increased the power to the left engine only. The CFI was unaware that power was applied on only one engine until the airplane went out of control and turned to the right. The CFI attempted to regain control; however, the right wing struck the ground on the right side of the runway. The CFI stated that a breakdown in communication and the time of day were both significant factors. After the student placed both prop controls full forward during final approach, the CFI assumed, but did not verbally confirm, that the student was making a normal approach and landing. He was unable to see that the student was only grasping the left throttle due to the lack of light in the cockpit.
Probable Cause: The flight instructor's inadequate supervision of the multi-engine rated instrument student during a simulated single engine landing, resulting in loss of control of the airplane. Factors were the dark night light condition, the flight instructor's inadequate communication with the student, and the student's improper use of the throttle control.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001205X00167&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
08-Apr-2011 13:40 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 10:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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