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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37400
Last updated: 22 April 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Stanley B. Noble
Registration: N2326G
C/n / msn: 38-79A0498
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 nautical miles south of Kettleman City, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Compton, California (CPM/KCPM)
Destination airport:Chandler Downtown Airport, Fresno, California (FCH/KFCH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On October 22, 1994, at an undetermined time prior to 2358 hours PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), a Piper PA-38-112, N2326G, owned and operated by the pilot, descended into an open field about 4 nautical miles south of Kettleman City, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the personal flight, and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed, and the student pilot was fatally injured. The flight originated from Compton, California, at an undetermined time on October 22, 1994.

Family members reported to the National Transportation Safety Board that the pilot had likely departed Southern California on October 22, 1994. A Rancho Palos Verdes-based automated bank teller receipt was located in the pilot's personal effects. The receipt was date/time stamped October 22, 1994, around 1100. The pilot's intended destination may have the Chandler Downtown Airport, Fresno, California.

Family members further reported that when the pilot flew from Southern California to Fresno, he typically flew over Interstate 5 until several miles north of Bakersfield. Then, the pilot would fly directly toward Fresno.

The Safety Board located the pilot's automobile at the Compton Airport. The car was parked adjacent to a vacant airplane tie-down spot. Airport management personnel reported that the tie-down location had been leased to the pilot.

The Safety Board was not able to determine the pilot's route of flight between Compton and Kettleman City. The crash site was approximately 50 nautical miles south of Fresno and 3 miles west of Interstate 5. From an examination of topographical features including the hillside which surrounded the accident site and the site's proximity to roads, ground scar, and airplane wreckage, evidence was found that the airplane descended into the terrain upon overflying a 5-degree down-sloping hill. The crash site was located at 35 degrees 57.11 minutes north latitude, by 119 degrees 59.63 minutes west longitude.


1. NTSB Identification: LAX95FA016 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
04-Sep-2016 00:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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