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Tail numberN8138B
Accident dateJuly 03, 2009
Aircraft typeCessna 172
LocationLatimer, IA
Near 42.723611 N, -93.226389 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On July 3, 2009, at 1329 central daylight time (cdt), a Cessna 172, N8138B, piloted by a private pilot was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Latimer, Iowa. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was conducted in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 without a flight plan. The pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The local flight had departed earlier from the Hampton Municipal Airport (KHPT), near Hampton, Iowa, at an unconfirmed time.

According to the pilot's wife, the pilot had provided airplane rides for some friends earlier in the day, departing from KHPT and flying over Iowa Falls and Sheffield, Iowa. Shortly before the accident, the airplane over flew their residence, as a signal to her that he was done flying and needed to be picked up at the airport. The pilot's wife proceeded to drive down County Highway 25 (190th Street) toward the airport. As she was driving, she observed the airplane in her rear-view mirror following her car at a low altitude before it suddenly descended nose first into the ground.

The airplane's nose landing gear was found near a set of power lines that crossed over the roadway. The nose landing gear strut exhibited damage consistent with an impact with a power line. The main wreckage was located about 200 feet past the power lines along the direction of flight.

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