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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162380
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P149 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Focke-Wulf FWP-149D
Registration: N132FW
MSN: 132
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NE of Duplin County (KDPL), NC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Jacksonville, NC (OAJ)
Destination airport:Kenansville, NC (DPL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilotís wife, the pilot departed on a cross-country flight to attend a friendís funeral. He told her that he intended to stop to purchase fuel at an airport 20 miles from the departure airport. Although she reported that the pilot had indicated to her the night before the accident that he was concerned about a cold front that was moving in, it could not be determined whether he consulted any weather resources before the flight, and there was no record that he obtained an official preflight weather briefing. The pilot departed without filing an instrument flight rules flight plan for the flight; instrument meteorological conditions existed at the time of departure.

A witness at the departure airport reported that he observed an airplane taxiing and heard it depart and that the weather at the time was very foggy. A review of air traffic control radar data showed the airplane 1 mile north of the departure airport tracking northwest toward the intended fuel stop destination, and the last radar target was 8 miles northwest of the departure airport. The airplaneís wreckage was located in a wooded area resting nose-down at the base of a tree 1/2 mile from the destination airport. All flight control surfaces and major components were located at the accident site. Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The reported weather conditions at both airports about the time of the accident included low ceilings and low visibility; fog was reported at the destination airport, and the departure airport had been reporting overcast ceilings at 200 ft above ground level for several hours before the flight departed. It is likely that the pilot placed pressure upon himself to make the flight because he was going to attend his friendís funeral.

Probable Cause: The pilotís loss of control in instrument meteorological conditions for reasons that could not be determined because examination of the airframe and engine revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís self-induced pressure to make the flight.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Aug 1983 D-EBDI 0 w/o


Revision history:

19-Nov-2013 16:55 harro Added
20-Nov-2013 10:25 TB Updated [Operator]
30-Nov-2013 01:32 Geno Updated [Date, Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Nov-2017 10:09 TB Updated [Location]
29-Nov-2017 09:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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