Loss of control Accident Cessna 172F N28RP,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58472
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Date:Friday 9 January 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172F
Registration: N28RP
MSN: 17252854
Year of manufacture:1965
Total airframe hrs:6400 hours
Engine model:Continental O300
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hardin, KY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Murray, KY (CEY)
Destination airport:Marion, IL (MWA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot arrived at the airport unannounced and rented the airplane with the stated intention to perform three takeoffs and landings to retain currency, and then fly the airplane to visit his daughter. The pilot subsequently called his daughter and stated that he was not going to make the flight. The pilot then departed the following morning, before sunrise. He flew approximately 50 nautical miles, and then turned around and flew back toward the departure airport. Approximately 10 miles from the departure airport, the airplane initiated a near vertical descent in excess of 6,000 feet-per-minute, and impacted the ground in a nose-low, wings-level attitude. Examination of the airplane and engine revealed no preimpact mechanical anomalies. Toxicological testing performed on the pilot revealed marijuana in the pilot's blood and lung tissue. The testing results suggested use of the illegal drug within about 3 hours of the accident, likely impairing him during the flight.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control and his impairment from illegal drug use.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA09LA132
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report





Photo NTSB

Revision history:

17-Mar-2010 12:37 harro Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 11:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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