The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released a new video providing an initial analysis of a tragic accident that took place earlier this week.

On October 11, 2021, a Cessna 340 crashed into a neighborhood in Santee, Calif., killing the pilot and one person on the ground and seriously injuring two others. The pilot who was experienced in the airplane had flown this exact route several times prior to the accident. As the pilot was vectored for the approach into Montgomery Field, weather conditions were turbulent with ragged ceilings from 1,700 to 2,000 above ground level (agl).

“In our Early Analysis: N7022G, the AOPA Air Safety Institute wants to help pilots understand what is known about the accident and some issues the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is expected to look at during their investigation," said Richard McSpadden, AOPA's ASI Senior Vice Presient. “It’s important to remember this video was made based soley on information that is currently available to help provide an understanding of the accident at this time. The NTSB could conclude further information during their investigation that was previously unknown which could thus alter our understanding of this accident.”

Early Analysis videos provide an initial assessment of prominent mishaps that generate large public interest and may indicate important safety lessons for the general aviation community.

View the video here.

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