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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13835
Last updated: 26 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32R-300 Lance
Owner/operator:Blue Aviation
Registration: N6265J
C/n / msn: 32R-768053
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Fork, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:San Carlos Airport, CA
Destination airport:Salt Lake City, UT
The commercial pilot and three passengers departed on a flight to an unspecified airport in Salt Lake City, UT.
The pilot, age 46, had 500 hours of flying time in total, however, only 2 hours were in type plane, but the pilot was instrument rated and conditions at the time of incident were IFR. He was briefed by Flight Service Personnel by phone, however, he filed a VFR flight plan. Visibility at time of crash was zero, but the pilot continued. The plane later clipped trees and was destroyed on impact, causing a fire. There were no survivors. According to the NTSB, there was no precipitation at time of crash, and there was heavy fog that obstructed the mountain slope that the plane crashed into.
Probable Cause: The pilot-in-command's decision to continue the VFR flight into IFR conditions. Contributing factors were the pilot-in-command's improper in-flight decisions and/or planning, the low ceilings at time of the crash, the fog, and high obstructions of terrain.


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Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
26-Jul-2020 07:14 Anon. Updated [Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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