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In Too Deep

Accident Case Study

This Accident Case Study is a re-creation of an accident that occurred in suburban Chicago on November 26, 2011. The 207-hour non-instrument-rated private pilot took off from Marion, Indiana, in a Cirrus SR20, and was flying to DuPage Airport, near Chicago. On board were his two daughters, and the boyfriend of the younger daughter. The purpose of the flight was to bring the older daughter back to college and then return home to Indiana. All four occupants were killed when the aircraft plunged to the ground after nearly two hours of flight time.


Tablet: Compatible
Length: 15 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, Radio Communications and ATC, VFR into IMC
FAA WINGS: Eligible*
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

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