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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183874
Last updated: 8 April 2019
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Time:10:30 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Owner/operator:Cowin and Company Inc
Registration: N47CC
C/n / msn: 31T-7820016
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Paintlick Mountain, north of Richlands, Tazewell County, Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Asheboro Regional Airport, Asheboro, North Carolina (BHI/KBHI)
Destination airport:Richlands Municipal Airport, Richlands, Virginia (7A4)
Written off (destroyed) July 29, 1981 due to a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) into the 3,514 foot (1,071 metre) Paintlick Mountain, Tazwell County, Virginia (at Latitude: 37 4' 24.4" north, Longitude: 81 38' 55.4" west) when descending for final approach to Richlands, Virginia. All three persons on board (pilot and two passengers) were killed.

According to the official NTSB report into the accident, the main cause of the crash was that the pilot was flying VFR in conditions more suited to IFR: fog and low cloud, overcast sky, with a 1,200 foot cloud ceiling. The NTSB report concludes: "No published instrument approach at destination. Cancelled IFR appraoch, hit obscured mountain ridge approximately 1 minute later."


1. NTSB Identification: ATL81FA103 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

22-Jan-2016 17:27 JINX Added
07-Aug-2017 08:17 TB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Sep-2017 20:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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