Accident Cessna 172L N4312Q, Sunday 16 September 2001
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Date:Sunday 16 September 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172L
Registration: N4312Q
MSN: 17260212
Year of manufacture:1971
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-E2D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tucson, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Tucson, AZ (40E)
Destination airport:Unknown,
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane entered a dive and impacted a residence during what witnesses reported was a controlled descent. A post crash fire consumed the airplane. The airplane departed a private airpark during a time following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when VFR general aviation flights were prohibited. The airplane was observed entering a nosedive until it disappeared behind a tree line. The local authorities were told the pilot was having problems with his personal life. The pilot's wife told the local authorities that the pilot had never flown the accident airplane before, and that the airplane hadn't been flown for 5 years. Toxicological tests of samples from the pilot tested positive for prescription antidepressant medications. While the sheriff's department found evidence that the pilot had threatened suicide in the past, neither they nor the medical examiner found evidence to support a suicide by the pilot, and ruled the death as accidental.
Probable Cause: the pilot's controlled descent into a residence for undetermined reasons.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX01LA286
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]
10-Dec-2017 12:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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