NTSB Identification: NYC01FA089.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 24, 2001 in Dixon, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 182Q, registration: N4752N
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The accident site was located on the pilot's brother-in-law's property. The brother-in-law stated, "I was in the house and heard the plane buzz the house. It sounded very low at the time. The plane didn't get outside hearing distance as I could hear it banking. Shortly, [thereafter] I heard it hit the ground. Looking out, it was totally engulfed in flames. Power was 'ON' at impact. I did not hear the engine under stress or missing." The airplane came to rest upright in a field approximately 495 feet west of two trees that were about 75 feet tall and located on a hill. Several freshly broken branches were observed near the top of the tree to the north. Additionally, the airplane's left wing tip, strobe light and strobe light power supply were observed on the ground near the tree, along with several broken branches of varied thickness. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact malfunctions. The pilot reported 600 hours of total flight experience on his most recent FAA second class medical certificate, which was issued about 6 weeks prior to the accident. Additionally, at that time he reported he had flown 90 hours in the previous 6 months. Winds reported at an airport about 22 miles north of the accident site were from 340 degrees at 12 knots, with 16 knot gusts.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate clearance while maneuvering, which resulted in an in-flight collision with trees.
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