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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161236
Last updated: 1 May 2017
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Date:04-OCT-2013
Time:13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 340A
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N312GC
C/n / msn: 340A-0023
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:West of Paulden, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:KIFP
Destination airport:KPRC
Investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft, a Cessna 340A, apparently clipped a radio tower during a low pass at the Gunsite Training Academy west of Paulden, Arizona. The aircraft subsequently impacted trees and terrain and was destroyed by a post-crash fire.
The four occupants onboard the aircraft received fatal injuries.

From the NTSB Final Report:
Witnesses reported they saw the aircraft make a high-speed, low-altitude pass over structures. As the aircraft was seen to make a second pass, it's right wing struck a 50-ft radio tower 10 ft from its top. The aircraft was observed to roll to the right until nearly inverted before striking trees and terrain 700 ft away from its point of contact with the tower.

Another witness reported that the pilot had buzzed the structures 3-4 years before the accident. The witness further stated that the pilot was warned to never buzz the area again.

Inspection of the wreckage revealed that the right wing separated after contacting the tower, resulting in a loss of control.

Probable Cause:
-The pilot's failure to maintain sufficient altitude to clear a radio tower while maneuvering at low altitude.
-Pilot's decision to make a high-speed, low pass over the gun club.

Sources:

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/23612508/2013/10/04/plane-reportedly-crashes-near
http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=123929
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/other/fd-small-plane-crashes-in-northern-arizona
http://arizonashooting.com/v3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=184255
http://www.azfamily.com/news/Identities-released-in-deadly-Paulden-plane-crash-226614441.html

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N312GC.html

https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20131004X93954&AKey=1&RType=Final&IType=LA


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Oct-2013 23:00 Geno Added
05-Oct-2013 20:14 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2013 01:42 Geno Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]
06-Oct-2013 08:27 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Cn]
08-Oct-2013 17:50 harro Updated [Embed code]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Feb-2017 07:41 PiperOnslaught Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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