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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 3271
Last updated: 18 January 2022
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Date:16-AUG-1973
Time:02:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman American AA-5 Traveler
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N5478L
MSN: AA5-0378
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Abbeville, South Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Fenandina Beach, Florida
Destination airport:Spartanburg International Airport, South Carolina (GSP/KGSP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) August 16, 1973 when crashed at Abbeville, South Carolina. The pilot (the sole person on board) was killed. Aircraft was involved in a solo cross country navigational training exercise, but the Pilot had no previous instrument training. According to the following extract from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PILOT IN COMMAND - CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS; ATTEMPTED OPERATION BEYOND EXPERIENCE/ABILITY LEVEL. PILOT IN COMMAND - BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED. PILOT IN COMMAND - SPATIAL DISORIENTATION. FIRE AFTER IMPACT"

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA74AM015 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=85418&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=5478L
3. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/sc/N5478L/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
23-May-2016 18:06 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-May-2016 18:07 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
23-May-2016 18:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Destination airport, Narrative]
09-Jul-2016 18:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source]

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