Accident Cessna 182G Skylane N3171S, Thursday 1 January 2004
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Date:Thursday 1 January 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 182G Skylane
Registration: N3171S
MSN: 18255671
Year of manufacture:1964
Total airframe hrs:3303 hours
Engine model:Continental O-470
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Glasgow, MT -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Mobridge Airport, SD (MBG/KMBG)
Destination airport:Cut Bank Airport, MT (CTB/KCTB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot and three passengers were completing the final leg of a round robin cross-country flight that originated earlier in the day. Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes into the final leg of the cross-country flight, the pilot received an in-flight weather update for the route of flight. The weather specialist reported low ceilings and low visibilities along the intended route. Additionally, the specialist reported that VFR flights were not recommended due to an AIRMET for IFR conditions, icing conditions and areas of mountain obscuration. Subsequent to receiving the updated weather information, the pilot reported that he was diverting to and alternate airport northwest of his location. After failing to arrive at the planned destination, an ALNOT was issued for the missing airplane. The airplane wreckage was later located southeast of the intended alternate. Infrared weather satellite imagery showed areas of enhanced widespread cloud cover and cloud tops northwest of the accident location on the night of the accident. Dark night conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.
Probable Cause: Loss of aircraft control resulting in an in-flight collision with terrain. Factors include marginal weather and dark night conditions.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: SEA04FA032
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]
07-Dec-2017 17:35 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Sep-2023 20:22 Ron Averes Updated

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