Accident Cessna 421C N234CG,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30799
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Date:Friday 1 January 1999
Time:18:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C421 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 421C
Owner/operator:Metro Redevelopment, Inc.
Registration: N234CG
MSN: 421C0267
Total airframe hrs:2894 hours
Engine model:Continental GTSIO-520-L1B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Shelbyville, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:New Orleans, LA (NEW
Destination airport:Omaha, NE (KMLE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During a precautionary landing following a loss of electrical power, the pilot turned the airplane to avoid colliding with a pickup truck, and the airplane impacted trees. The pilot reported that while IMC, at 14,000 feet msl, he started preparing for ice penetration and turned on the two propeller anti-ice switches. The right propeller anti-icing circuit breaker popped, and when the circuit breaker was reset, the airplane experienced a total electrical failure. The pilot initiated an emergency descent, and entered into VFR conditions at about 1,500 feet. After about 30 minutes of trying to locate an airport, with it getting dark and thunderstorms in the area, the pilot elected to land on a narrow road with trees on both sides. Testing of the alternator system revealed discrepancies with the left alternator, both voltage regulators, and the right alternator out sensor.

Probable Cause: The total failure of the aircraft's electrical system. Factors were the thunderstorms, the dusk light condition, and the lack of suitable terrain for the precautionary landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: FTW99LA059
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
24-Dec-2009 11:50 harro Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
25-Nov-2017 12:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Dec-2017 16:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
08-Apr-2024 11:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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