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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 247407
Last updated: 18 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182Q Skylane II
Owner/operator:D & S Aviation Inc
Registration: N4765N
MSN: 18267348
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Calcasieu Lake, near Hackberry, LA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Southland Field, LA (KUXL/UXL)
Destination airport:Southland Field, LA (KUXL/UXL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot and flight instructor were fatally injured. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal
Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to a co-owner of the airplane, the private pilot had just bought a share of the
accident airplane and was in the process of accumulating flight hours for complex and high-performance aircraft endorsements. He was in the back seat of the airplane the day before
when the two accidents pilots were conducting a training flight. He stated that the private pilot
completed the flight maneuvers well and he did not notice anything of concern.

According to the airplane broker, on the day of the accident the private pilot called to report
that he had just completed a 1-hour flight in the accident airplane to satisfy the insurance
policy requirements. The airplane departed from Southland Field Airport (UXL), Sulphur,
Louisiana, about 1326 and terminated about 1436.

The recorded ADS-B data revealed that the airplane departed again at 1713 and proceeded
south toward the Gulf coast. The data showed that the airplane maneuvered near the coast
then proceeded north as the altitude and airspeed increased. The airplane reached about 4,500
ft above ground level (agl), as the airspeed decreased. The airplane began a slow descent, which
increased rapidly until the final recorded point. In the last 12 seconds of recorded data, the
airplane made a right turn and had descended about 3,200 ft. Figure 1 shows the end of the
recorded flight track and the accident location.

Two witnesses were in close proximity to the accident site, but different locations, stated that
they observed the airplane in a rapid descent with the nose pointed at the ground. They both
observed the bottom of the airplane and did not notice any rotational movement.
The airplane impacted soft ground on an island about 1.5 nautical miles northeast of
Hackberry. The initial impact crater extended about 15 ft deep and contained a majority of the
airplane, to include the engine, propeller, fuselage, and empennage. A debris field that
consisted of the wings and smaller airplane components extended about 40 yards from the

The wreckage was recovered to a secure storage facility where an engine and airframe
examination was completed under the supervision of a Federal Aviation Administration
inspector. The wings had separated from the fuselage and were crushed aft to the rear wing
spar. The empennage was crushed and distorted. Flight control cable continuity was
established for all flight control surfaces through tensile overload separations in several
locations. The fuel selector valve was found positioned to feed from both fuel tanks. The engine
sustained significant impact damage and was saturated with mud. The crankshaft sheared aft
of the propeller flange. Two of the propeller blades remained attached to the propeller hub and
one blade was not recovered. The engine was unable to rotate through due to the impact

Sources:,P95_LOC_CITY_NAME,P95_REGIST_NBR:03-FEB-21,LAKE%20CHARLES,N4765N (photo)


Revision history:

03-Feb-2021 02:50 Captain Adam Added
03-Feb-2021 04:13 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Source]
03-Feb-2021 08:50 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Feb-2021 15:14 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Feb-2021 15:37 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Narrative]
07-Feb-2021 09:36 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
09-Jul-2021 19:23 aaronwk Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative, Category]

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