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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46032
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172F
Registration: N383CA
MSN: 17252039
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:San Luis Obispo, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP)
Destination airport:Bakersfield, CA (BFL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During the instrument flight rules initial climb after takeoff, in fog, to visual conditions on top, the airplane collided with the ground about 1 mile from the departure runway. Prior to departure on runway 11, the pilot contacted the control tower to request the instrument departure to on-top and was advised to standby. During the course of communication the pilot was advised the "tops" were 300 feet above ground level, and was issued a clearance to taxi to the runway. The tower advised the pilot that they were closing and to contact ARTCC for release. The pilot obtained the IFR clearance and was released to on-top. The pilot's release included a standard instrument departure that required a right turn to 130 degrees after departure. There was no further communication with the pilot and radar contact was never established. The airplane subsequently collided with the ground, south of the runway, in a steep right wing down attitude on a magnetic heading of 180 degrees. Examination of the airplane wreckage did not reveal any system anomalies. The vacuum pump drive shear-shaft was found intact and there was rotational scoring of the attitude indictor gyroscope rotor.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain a proper climb rate to VFR conditions on-top.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 10:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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