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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37747
Last updated: 11 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172R
Owner/operator:Airline Training Academy
Registration: N156RA
MSN: 17280804
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocean -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Orlando, FL (ORL)
Destination airport:Jacksonville, FL (CRG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The noninstrument-rated private pilot was on a night solo cross-country flight at 2,600 feet in radio contact with Jacksonville approach. The airplane was subsequently observed by the controller on radar at 2,000 feet, heading 013 degrees, 112 knots at 0245:24. At 0245:57, the airplane was observed on radar at 1200 feet, heading 051 degrees, and the ground speed had increased to 124 knots. The pilot stated at 0245:58, 'I haven't any direction finder I don't see anything one six ro.' At 0246:28, radar contact was lost. The pilot had recorded as logged 1 hour of night pilot-in-command flight time. All simulated instrument time was dual instruction. The moon set at 2159 with only 1 percent illumination.
Probable Cause: The pilot's lack of total experience in instrument flight, simulated instrument flight, and night flight resulting in the pilot becoming spatially disoriented, and subsequent in-flight collision with water. Contributing to the accident was the dark night with no visible horizon.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:17 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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