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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13864
Last updated: 9 August 2019
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Date:17-AUG-1979
Time:19:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Ross B. Wangsgard
Registration: N32418
C/n / msn: 34-7570020
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Wendover, Utah -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Wendover, Utah
Destination airport:Salt Lake City, Utah
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) August 17, 1979 when crashed during initial climb out from Wendover Utah: no ground reference points in direction of take off, aircraft flying on a dark night, and had only 5 hours instrument flying time. Pilot's blood alcohol level was 0.056%. According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - SPATIAL DISORIENTATION
FACTOR(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS, CONDITIONS - ALCOHOLIC IMPAIRMENT OF EFFICIENCY AND JUDGMENT"

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: DEN79FA056 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=34457&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=32418


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
29-Nov-2016 22:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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