Accident Cessna 551 Citation II/SP N2CA, Thursday 18 November 1982
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Date:Thursday 18 November 1982
Time:09:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C551 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 551 Citation II/SP
Owner/operator:Coin Acceptors
Registration: N2CA
MSN: 551-0024
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:1150 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:2,8 km N of Mountain View Airport, MO (MNF) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Mountain View Airport, MO (KMNF)
Destination airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Spatial disorientation on the part of the captain shortly after a runway 28 takeoff in IMC. The attitude and heading instruments had not become operationally usable due to slow warm up times. Crashed in woods in a 30deg nosedown and 90deg left bank attitude some 1,75 miles north of the airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of control of the airplane following the takeoff in instrument meteorological conditions as a result of the pilot's use of attitude and heading instruments which had not become operationally usable and/or his partial reliance on the copilot's flight instruments which resulted in an abnormal instrument scan pattern leading to the pilot's disorientation. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's hurried and inadequate preflight procedures."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NTSB/AAR-83/04
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

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