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N175JG accident description

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Crash location 36.543611°N, 103.459167°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Mt. Dora, NM
36.519470°N, 103.489118°W
2.4 miles away

Tail number N175JG
Accident date 29 Oct 2008
Aircraft type Cessna 175
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On October 29, 2008, at approximately 1530 mountain daylight time, a single-engine Cessna 175, N175JG, was destroyed upon impact with terrain on Mt. Dora, New Mexico. The private pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot. The local flight originated at Clayton Municipal Airport (CAO), Clayton, New Mexico at approximately 1500. Visual conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Smoke and fire was observed by a local resident at approximately 1545. The wreckage of the airplane was discovered shortly after personnel responded to the fire. There were no reported eyewitnesses to the accident.

The airplane was examined on-site by the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with technical assistance from Cessna Aircraft. The airplane impacted the northwest side of Mt. Dora. Ground scars consistent with the airplane's left main gear and nose gear were found approximately 1/2 way up the side of the mountain. During the impact sequence the engine separated and impacted large rocks with enough velocity to embed pieces of metal into the rock. The magnetos and engine accessories were found impact separated near the engine. The fuselage was found inverted approximately 92 feet uphill from the initial impact point. A post-crash fire consumed a majority of the cabin compartment.

All major airplane components were accounted for at the accident scene. Flight control continuity was established from the ailerons, elevator, and rudder surfaces to the controls. The flap handle was found in the first detent and flap cable continuity was confirmed.

Both blades of the airplane's metal propeller displayed S-bending, leading edge polishing, and chord-wise scratches; consistent with engine-power at the time of impact. In addition, the tips of both propellers were fractured; one piece of propeller was recovered near the impact point. In addition, the fiberglass spinner, which had separated from the propeller hub, displayed signs of rotational scoring.

At 1455, an automated weather reporting station at CAO reported winds variable 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, skies clear, temperature 75 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and a barometric pressure of 30.21 inches of Mercury.

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