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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133729
Last updated: 13 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181
Registration: N3034B
C/n / msn: 28-7990136
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tooele, UT -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:PVU
Destination airport:TVY
Investigating agency: NTSB
On October 29, 1998, at 1350 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-181, N3034B, impacted terrain during cruise flight approximately 10 miles south of Tooele, Utah. The private pilot and his passenger received minor injuries and the aircraft was destroyed by postimpact fire. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the accident area and no flight plan was filed for this personal cross-country flight which originated from Provo, Utah, at 1330. The flight was being conducted under Title 14 CFR Part 91. The intended destination was Tooele.

According to the pilot, he was attempting to stay below the clouds, which resulted in colliding with terrain, when he inadvertently entered instrument meteorological conditions, in the form of fog, approximately 10 miles short of his destination. Witnesses, who were in the area where the accident occured, said fog was forming rapidly.

The aircraft struck terrain at an elevation of 6,200 feet above mean sea level (msl) and the destination airport elevation was 4,316 feet msl.

The pilot said he had read and viewed tapes about mountain flying because this was his first experience in the mountains and he misread his map as to the terrain features and misjudged the fog conditions that were developing. He said he did not think the terrain elevation was as high as it was in the area where the accident occurred.

In his written statement, the pilot stated he should have turned back when the weather conditions began to deteriorate.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's VFR flight into IMC and his failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance. Contributng factors were fog, low ceilings, high terrain, the pilot's lack of familiarity with the geographic environment and his misinterpretation of terrain features on the aeronautical chart.


NTSB id 20001211X11247

Revision history:

06-May-2012 11:36 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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