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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21581
Last updated: 22 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P337 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna P337H Pressurized Skymaster
Registration: N15EM
MSN: P3370317
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocena, about 18 miles east of Cape Elizabeth, ME -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Millinocket, ME (MIV)
Destination airport:Caldwell, NJ (CDW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Prior to departing on a cross-country flight, the pilot contacted a flight service station. The pilot was informed that visual flight rules (VFR) flight was not recommended, and after obtaining a weather briefing he filed an instrument-flight-rules (IFR) flight plan. The airplane departed in visual meteorological conditions and the pilot subsequently informed air traffic control that he was experiencing a problem with the airplane's artificial horizon, and that he wanted to try to conduct the flight under VFR. Approximately 15 minutes later, the pilot requested activation of his IFR flight plan. The airplane was flying in instrument meteorological conditions with light to moderate precipitation when radar and radio communications were lost. Radar data indicated that the airplane's heading varied from southwest to northwest, with a turn to the southeast immediately prior to the loss of radar contact. The airplane maintained an altitude between 7,900 and 8,200 feet, except for the last recorded altitude reading, which was at 7,200 feet. The airplane impacted the Atlantic Ocean at a high rate of speed and was not recovered. Review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed that its most recent annual inspection was conducted about 6 months prior to the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to continue the flight in instrument meteorological conditions after experiencing an attitude indicator malfunction.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 12 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

06-Jul-2008 09:09 Fusko Added
06-Jul-2008 09:12 harro Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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