Accident Case Study: In Too Deep

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Accident Case Study: In Too Deep

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bronobo's picture

wow that guy sounded indecisive or lost. but he was still in control of his plane during the recordings. wonder what cause him to spiral and dive. maybe he was having a medical event, maybe he got lost and started circling to look for a part in the cloud cover, and ended up stalling. i have over 100 hours on microsoft flight simulator.

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GKhan's picture

Seemed like he was nervous flying in low visibility and trying to find a way out at a level of visibility he was comfortable with,. Unfortunately the visibility just got worse. But the dive at  the end was odd...

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Dirt Digger's picture

Spatial disorientation, combined with a lack of skills using IFR.  Went into a gradual turn which set up the loss of Spatial D.  In these situations, the pilot will lose the feeling that they're in a turn.  When they try and straighten out, it actually feels like they're going into a turn in the opposite direction. 

 

If the pilot doesn't go to instruments, they tend to make the sitauation worse.  This would account for the sounds on the ground of acrobatic flying.  At this point, the pilot has two teenage girls freeking out in the cockpit.  Once the plane goes over 30 degrees bank, it starts losing altitude - not much to room for error.  Increases power, makes the bank into tha dive and the plane augers into the ground.

 

All speculation, because the NTSB report doesn't go into much detail.  I used to work in aerospace physioogy and have done some limited work with crash investigations.

 

NTSB Report

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I know panic sets in these situations, but it's just weird how they always fail to do such a basic thing like keep eyes on the gyro / bank indicator. Even with zero IFR training, this should be a basic thing every pilot knows. 

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