Accident Cessna 182R Skylane N2658, Thursday 4 January 2007
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Date:Thursday 4 January 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 182R Skylane
Owner/operator:Barr Air Patrol LLC
Registration: N2658
MSN: 18265491
Year of manufacture:1977
Total airframe hrs:18764 hours
Engine model:Continental O-470
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Batesville, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:Valparaiso-Porter County Airport, IN (VPZ/KVPZ)
Destination airport:Batesville Regional Airport, AR (BVX/KBVX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
While on a company visual flight rules flight plan, the instrument-rated commercial pilot and observer were returning from a three day pipeline patrol trip. On the morning of the accident they had "picked up" the pipeline and were following it on a 693-nautical mile cross-country flight to their home base. Standard procedure was to fly above the pipeline at an altitude of approximately 500-feet while the observer examined the pipeline. As they approached an airport for a planned fuel stop, the single-engine airplane impacted trees near the top of a hill that was located approximately 1.45 miles northeast from the approach end, and near the extended center line of the runway. The airplane came to rest in an inverted position about 275-feet beyond the initial tree impact. At the time of their arrival, the automated weather observation facility at the airport was reporting a visibility of 5 statute miles with 300-foot overcast. The wreckage was not located until about 1230 the following day. The airplane was equipped with an emergency locating transmitter; however, the transmitter was found in the "OFF" position. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the site and there was no evidence of fire. An examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any pre impact anomalies that would have prevented normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from trees. A contributing factor to the accident was the prevailing low ceilings.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DFW07FA051
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2024 18:47 ASN Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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