July 5, 2010, Chesapeake, Va., Cessna 172P


The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain at about 1415 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured.

At about 1414, the FAAs Norfolk, Va., ATC facility recorded a transmission stating, “Mayday mayday mayday, Cessna five two six one four, about five south of Chesapeake Airport, over the big fields, have a flight control malfunction, looks like Im going down,” which was the only transmission recorded from the accident flight. A radar target was identified at 1000 feet msl in the vicinity of the accident location transmitting a transponder code of 7700 at 1414:49. At 1415:48 the radar target was lost.


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