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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35406
Last updated: 2 September 2015
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Date:25-APR-1990
Time:22:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-325 Navajo C/R
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N18PP
C/n / msn: 31-7512046
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cedar City, Utah [Near 37'7" N, 112'95" W] -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Denver, CO (DEN)
Destination airport:Reno, NV (RNO)
Narrative:
THE PILOT REPORTED TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL THAT HE INTENDED TO MAKE AN UNSCHEDULED FUEL STOP. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ADVISED THAT CEDAR CITY AIRPORT WAS FIFTEEN MINUTES AWAY. RADAR VECTORS WERE REQUESTED AND WERE ISSUED. ALTHOUGH DARK NIGHT CONDITIONS EXISTED AND THE PILOT CONTROLLED AIRPORT LIGHTING WAS NEVER ACTIVATED, THE PILOT REPORTED THE AIRPORT IN SIGHT AND WAS CLEARED FOR A VISUAL APPROACH.

THREE MINUTES LATER RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. IMPACT OCCURRED IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AT CEDAR CITY UTAH, AT 9,100 FEET ELEVATION ABOUT SIX MILES EAST OF THE 5,622 FOOT ELEVATION AIRPORT. MINIMUM SAFE ALTITUDE WAS 12,400 FEET.

CAUSE: THE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN A MINIMUM SAFE ALTITUDE OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN DURING A NIGHT VFR APPROACH FOR LANDING.

Sources:
1. NTSB Identification: DEN90FA100 at http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X22895&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=18PP
3. http://baaa-acro.maleo.net/1990/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-cedar-city-4-killed/
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/ut/N18PP/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
16-Jun-2015 21:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
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