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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193813
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SR20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cirrus SR20
Registration: N255JB
MSN: 1059
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:SW of Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), Daytona Beach, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Daytona Beach, FL (7FL6)
Destination airport:Lumberton, NC (LBT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The instrument-rated private pilot had filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan for the cross-country flight, but intended to depart under visual flight rules conditions and open his IFR flight plan shortly after takeoff. He stated that, during the preflight inspection, he did not see any low clouds and was able to see stars above him. The airplane departed shortly before sunrise, and the pilot stated that, while retracting the flaps after takeoff, he encountered low-level fog about 300 ft agl and the airplane entered instrument meteorological conditions. The pilot made a right turn to avoid the final approach course to the opposite runway, then saw a tree and attempted to avoid impacting it; he then recalled waking up in the airplane on the ground. Weather conditions near the accident site about the time of the accident included scattered clouds at 500 ft and a visibility of 6 miles in mist. The series of events described by the pilot was consistent with a loss of control due to spatial disorientation, likely due to the unexpected loss of visibility during the initial climb.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadvertent encounter with instrument meteorological conditions (fog) during initial climb, which resulted in a loss of control due to spatial disorientation.



FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

25-Feb-2017 00:21 Geno Added
25-Feb-2017 00:35 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source]
11-Nov-2018 08:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
11-Nov-2018 09:57 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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