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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13850
Last updated: 25 September 2020
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Date:08-JAN-1977
Time:17:43
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32R-300 Lance
Owner/operator:Western Airmot
Registration: N1049H
C/n / msn: 32R-7780137
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Benson, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX
Destination airport:Las Vegas, NV
Narrative:
The commercial pilot and his passenger departed on a VFR flight to Las Vegas.
The pilot, age 30, had 1,500 hours of flying time, however, only 10 hours were in type plane, but the pilot was instrument rated. Before accident flight, the pilot was briefed by Flight Service Personnel in person, and was told that VFR was not recommended: however, the pilot decided to continue on with flight and did not file a flight plan. According to the NTSB, visibility was reduced to 2 miles or less and rain and snow was reported, however it was still VFR conditions. The plane however experienced an in-flight breakup and crashed in Benson, AZ. Both the pilot and passenger were killed in the breakup sequence of the plane.
Probable Cause: The pilot-in-command's decision to continue the VFR flight into adverse weather conditions and the aggressive control inputs on part of the pilot-in-command which led to the in-flight breakup and subsequent impact with terrain. Contributing factors included the overload failure of the airframe of the plane which led to the in-flight breakup, and the low ceilings, rain and snow at the time of accident.

Sources:

NTSB- https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=55944&key=0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
27-Jul-2020 07:59 Anon. Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jul-2020 15:38 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
29-Jul-2020 07:16 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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