Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Anyone fly a Cessna C-337?

  1. #1
    Charter Member 2011
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Lafayette, LA
    Age
    66
    Posts
    4,744
    Blog Entries
    6

    Anyone fly a Cessna C-337?

    NTSB: Skymaster Lost Wing Before Crash



    A Cessna M337B Skymaster that crashed in Avon Park, Fla., last month while on a military training exercise lost its right wing prior to hitting the ground, the NTSB said this week. All three on board, who were civilian pilots, died in the crash. In its preliminary report, the NTSB said the crew was returning to the Avon Park airport, which serves as an auxiliary field for MacDill Air Force Base, at about 9 p.m. local time, after the weather began to deteriorate. Rain and clouds were reported near the accident site. The airplane was originally built in 1967 as an O-2A for the U.S. Air Force. In February, a 337 crashed in New Jersey after a wing separated shortly after takeoff, killing all five on board.

    The February crash prompted the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Directive about a wing-modification kit that had been used on that airplane. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told Tampa Bay Online that investigators have not yet determined if the Avon Park aircraft had been modified. At Avon Park, two sections of the right wing were found northwest of the impact crater, the outboard wing tip and aileron about 800 feet away and another section of the wing with part of a flap at a distance of about 330 feet. William Waldock, who teaches crash investigation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, told Tampa Bay Online the weather didn't seem to be violent enough to cause structural failure. The NTSB investigation is continuing.


    http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archive...ll.html#203719
    John

    ***************************
    My first SIM was a Link Trainer. My last was a T-6 II


    Intel Quad Core Sandy Bridge 2600
    16 GB 1600 DDR3 RAM
    256 Intel SSD SATA 3 Drive
    ATI 6970 2 GB RAM
    IR Track 4
    Currently using dual beamers

  2. #2
    Charter Member 2014 Crusader's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    New Lexington , Ohio
    Age
    67
    Posts
    1,096
    Very interesting story John , thanks for sharing . I will be looking forward to seeing NTSB's final investigative report . Does make you wonder , doesn't it ?

    Rich

  3. #3
    Charter Member 2014
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Williamstown, Vermont, United States
    Age
    47
    Posts
    1,006
    Key point in the above is that the aircraft was built originally as an O-2...

    Probably had a ton of hours on the airframe and probably even some combat time. Compared to a "regular" Skymaster that probably has a quarter of the total airframe hours.

    Ad in modifications and a thunder storm and you quite possible have an over stressed aircraft.

    my $0.02


    Take my love, take my land, Take me where I cannot stand.I don't care, I'm still free. You can't take the sky from me. Take me out to the black, Tell them I ain't comin' back. Burn the land and boil the sea. You can't take the sky from me. There's no place I can be.
    Since I found Serenity. But you can't take the sky from me...


    --- Ballad of Serenity

  4. #4
    That's too bad. I have about 45 hours in a Skymaster, I really enjoyed flying it. One of the interesting procedures in it was on take-off, and you were supposed to advance the rear engine throttle first, and then the front engine throttle. It wallowed like a duck when the gear transitioned up and down, too. All good times for me, unlike these poor guys.

    RIP.

  5. #5
    Senior Administrator Willy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    West Tennessee, near KTGC
    Age
    58
    Posts
    9,342
    Always figured that if I was to own a GA twin, the Skymaster would be my first choice. I'm with Brian in that as it was an O-2, no telling what it's been through before.
    Propliner = Proper Airliner

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian_Gladden View Post
    Key point in the above is that the aircraft was built originally as an O-2...

    Probably had a ton of hours on the airframe and probably even some combat time. Compared to a "regular" Skymaster that probably has a quarter of the total airframe hours.

    Ad in modifications and a thunder storm and you quite possible have an over stressed aircraft.

    my $0.02
    Dont forget they hung rocket pods under the wings, and add in a few max G yank and banks when the tracers go flying by you.

Similar Threads

  1. Cessna 172P SX-ACW for A2A Cessna 172R.zip
    By Dimus in forum Warbirds Library
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: September 21st, 2013, 14:50
  2. Cessna 172P G-IMAD for A2A Cessna 172R.zip
    By Dimus in forum Warbirds Library
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: September 19th, 2013, 15:47
  3. Cessna 172P SX-AEW for A2A Cessna 172R.zip
    By Dimus in forum Warbirds Library
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: September 18th, 2013, 05:06
  4. Cessna 172M SX-AWD repaint for A2A Cessna 172R.zip
    By Dimus in forum Warbirds Library
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: September 13th, 2013, 13:18
  5. V8 in a Cessna 172...
    By skyhawka4m in forum FSX General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: January 26th, 2012, 22:51

Members who have read this thread: 0

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •