Accident Cessna A150L N40LM,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 131836
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Date:Monday 27 September 1999
Time:17:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna A150L
Owner/operator:James R. Miller
Registration: N40LM
MSN: A1500418
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:6255 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-E2H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Detroit, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:(KDET)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported he had made two successful banner tows before the accident occurred. On the third banner tow, the hook '...missed the banner rope and grabbed one of the pick-up poles instead. It was my intent to keep my aircraft and attached pole over the airport to minimize the possibility of property damage or injury to people on the ground if the pole broke free of my hook.' The pilot attempted to stay within the airport boundary and he entered a climbing left turn. He reported, 'I added too much left rudder which immediately put me into a spin. Altitude at this point was approximately 300' AGL.' He reported he attempted to do a spin recovery but the airplane impacted the runway in a 30 degrees nose low attitude. The airplane bounced twice before impacting a jet blast wall.

Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane which resulted in the inadvertent spin. A factor was the pilot snagged the banner pole.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI99LA349
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 09:03 ASN Update Bot Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2018 19:18 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature, Narrative]
07-Apr-2024 17:38 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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