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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41395
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C303 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna T303 Crusader
Owner/operator:Sawyer Aviation
Registration: N9667C
MSN: T303-00200
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Prescott, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Prescott, Arizona
Destination airport:Prescott, Arizona
Investigating agency: NTSB
During the early hours of July 4th, the aircraft departed Prescott with the apparent intention of carrying out a circuit as a 'joy flight' for the passengers. A normal circuit was made, however, on final approach the aircraft undershot, impacting flat ground about 2,000 feet short of the runway threshold.

The aircraft 'pancaked' in with virtually no forward motion. There are apparently indications that the pilot had consumed alcohol and was probably fatigued at the time of departure. It is believed that he may have stalled the aircraft due to an optical illusion, exacerbated by his assumed condition.

The NTSB determined the cause to be: The pilot misjudging distance and altitude during a night approach. Factors which contributed to the accident were: the pilot's impairment due to fatigue and alcohol, the dark night, and the high density altitude and turbulent weather condition



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
30-Aug-2016 18:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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