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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231914
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Date:04-JAN-2020
Time:01:09 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20J / 205 MSE
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: F-OIAT
MSN: 24-3370
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Hnatalo, Lifou -   New Caledonia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lifou Airport (LIF/NWWL)
Destination airport:Lifou Airport (LIF/NWWL)
Investigating agency: BEA
Narrative:
The pilot and passengers improvised a night VFR flight, after spending part of the evening together. Climbing after takeoff from runway 12, a left turn to the north quickly deprived the pilot of any external visual reference.
Given the height acquired during this turn after takeoff, it is probable that the airplane stalled asymmetrically due to inadequate attitude management. The height reached did not allow the pilot to regain control of the airplane. According to eyewitness accounts, it is possible that the pilot reduced engine power shortly before the collision with the ground.

Sources:

https://www.lnc.nc/breve/maj-17h45-quatre-morts-dans-le-crash-d-un-avion-a-lifou
https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/nouvellecaledonie/province-iles/lifou/crash-avion-lifou-786355.html
https://rrb.nc/article/crash-encore-beaucoup-de-question
https://www.lnc.nc/breve/crash-de-lifou-l-identite-des-victimes-est-officiellement-confirmee
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Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report
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Photo: BEA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2020 23:12 gerard57 Added
04-Jan-2020 00:11 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source]
04-Jan-2020 00:20 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jan-2020 00:23 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jan-2020 00:36 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
04-Jan-2020 01:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
04-Jan-2020 06:21 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
04-Jan-2020 10:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jan-2020 10:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
05-Jan-2020 18:06 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Embed code]
06-Jan-2020 10:02 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Source, Embed code]
06-Jan-2020 11:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Photo]
06-Jan-2020 17:53 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
12-Dec-2020 16:01 harro Updated [Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
12-Dec-2020 16:03 harro Updated [Embed code, Photo]

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