ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 3822
Last updated: 31 October 2014
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Date:12-FEB-1981
Time:15:40
Type:Beechcraft A36TC Bonanza
Owner/operator:Flightcraft
Registration: N36TP
C/n / msn: EA100
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles, Washington (?) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:KRNO
Destination airport:Port Angeles,Wa
Narrative:
Aircraft went missing on a flight form Reno, Nevada (KRNO) to Port Angeles, Washington: aircraft never found. Presumed to have crashed into the Pacific Ocean en route, and, as the pilot was also never recovered, presumably the pilot was killed

The pilot with 300 flying hours experience arrived at his destination at mid-morning in very bad weather with low visibility. The pilot made two attempts to land and was last heard from when he announced he was making a third attempt. Radar data tracked the plane north of the airport over the Strait of Juan De Fuca** when he dropped off the radar. US Navy and Canadian salvage ships searched the Strait for a week but failed to find any evidence that the plane crashed into the water. This led to speculation that the plane may have crashed into the steep and heavily wooded mountains above Port Angeles. No trace of the plane or the pilot has ever been found.

(**The Strait of Juan de Fuca (called Juan de Fuca Strait in Canada) is a large body of water about 95 miles (153 km) long that is the Salish Sea outlet to the Pacific Ocean. The international boundary between the United States and Canada runs down the center of the Strait.)

Sources:
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=28152&key=0 [NTSB Identification: SEA81FAMS2]
http://pacaeropress.websitetoolbox.com/post/Planes-in-Cle-Elum-WA-2542529
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Juan_de_Fuca


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
18-Feb-2009 23:28 keithken Updated
24-Mar-2012 02:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
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