On October 11, 2021, a Cessna 340 crashed into a neighborhood in Santee, California, 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 agl. In, Early Analysis: N7022G, the AOPA Air Safety Institute makes a preliminary assessment of the accident, addressing notable portions of the tragic flight and highlighting areas the NTSB will likely investigate to determine a probable cause.
Read the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Spatial Disorientation Safety Spotlight to learn more about factors that might have contributed to this accident.