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Hazardous Attitudes

Accident Case Study

It’s an overcast afternoon on February 3, 2019, when the pilot of a Cessna 414 Chancellor departs Fullerton Municipal Airport in California. He plans to fly VFR to Minden, Nevada, 320 nautical miles to the north.

Join the AOPA Air Safety Institute as we follow the flight that four minutes after departure encounters instrument meteorological conditions—weather air traffic control had warned the pilot about. Within another two minutes things turn from bad to ugly, in microburst conditions, turbulence, and rain showers. Learn how hazardous attitudes can betray pilots who don’t heed warnings.

Tablet: Compatible
Length: 9:45 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, VFR into IMC, Radio Communications and ATC
FAA WINGS: Not Eligible
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

The Accident Case Study series uses FAA ATC radio communication transcripts, NTSB documentation, and video animation to recreate accidents and share critical lessons, so we can recognize and avoid similar mistakes.

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