Beschrijving:The flight departed Tonopah at 09:30 for a 73-mile VFR flight to Bishop. The aircraft was not carrying cargo at the time of the accident. The Beech failed to arrive at the destination; search efforts were initiated and the wreckage was subsequently found February 14 on the eastern slopes of White Mountain in the Inyo National Forest at 9,500 feet.
|Datum:||12 FEB 1999|
|Motoren:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-36|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1|
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0|
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1 |
|Gevolgen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Plaats:||29 km (18.1 mijl) NE of Bishop Airport, CA (BIH) (Verenigde Staten)
|Fase:|| Kruisvlucht (ENR)|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||Tonopah Airport, NV (TPH), Verenigde Staten|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||Bishop Airport, CA (BIH), Verenigde Staten|
A witnesses observed the aircraft flying between 7,000 and 8,000 feet msl as it entered Trace Plumas Canyon on White Mountain and begin a gradual left turn. The aircraft then disappeared from view. The canyon leads to the accident site. According to the operator, the pilot had successfully bid on a captain position on larger equipment and this was to be his last trip along this route. Several acquaintances of the pilot located at Tonopah reported that he intended to take a camera with him and photograph some scenic locations along this route.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to follow procedures and directives and his failure to maintain clearance from mountainous terrain.".
N987RA briefly moved to Jamaica in 1997 before returning to the U.S. to fly for Ameriflight as N205RA
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet
de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Tonopah Airport, NV en Bishop Airport, CA bedraagt 135 km (84 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.