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November 01, 2022

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172

(Witness) Observed The Accident Airplane In A “Crazy” Nose-High Pitch Attitude

On October 6, 2022, at 1507 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N97883, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), Newport News, Virginia. The flight instructor was fatally injured, and the student pilot and the pilot rated passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. A review of airport surveillance video revealed that after the airplane departed runway 20, it entered a steep (nose-high) pitch attitude.

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