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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89123
Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172A
Registration: N7262T
MSN: 46862
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Clarendon, near Smiley Johnson Municipal Airport/Bass Field -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Abilene, TX (ABI)
Destination airport:Clarendon, TX (E34)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, it was dark when he arrived at his destination. He saw the airport's rotating beacon but was unable to remotely activate the runway lights. He maneuvered the airplane onto the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, extended the flaps and reduced engine power. He thought the airplane was 900 feet above the ground when the airplane impacted terrain approximately 2-1/2 miles east of the airport. At the accident site, the altimeter read 7,500 feet. The terrain was approximately 2,800 feet. There were no mechanical anomalies found with the airplane.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to correctly set the altimeter, which resulted in his erroneous perception that the airplane was at a safe altitude.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

18-Jan-2011 02:01 gerard57 Added
18-Jan-2011 08:18 bizjets101 Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
18-Jan-2011 08:28 bizjets101 Updated [Time, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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