NTSB Identification: CHI98LA204.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 17, 1998 in GREENFIELD, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/19/1999
Aircraft: Cessna 172R, registration: N387MA
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Uninjured.
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The pilot became incapacitated due to a heart attack during the flight. The 81-year old non-pilot passenger assumed control of the airplane. With the assistance from a commercial pilot in another airplane the passenger was able to land the airplane at a near-by airport. The nose gear collapsed during the landing and the airplane slid off the side of the runway before coming to a stop.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's incapacitation due to a heart attack. A factor in the accident was the passenger's, a non-pilot, improper recovery from a bounced landing which resulted in an overload failure of the nose gear. Full narrative available
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