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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22527
Last updated: 23 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-180 Apache Geronimo
Owner/operator:Duane Moorer
Registration: N1180P
C/n / msn: 23-194
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Highland, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Louisville, KY (LOU)
Destination airport:Hazlehurst, GA (AZE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The professional airline pilot had just purchased the personal airplane, and the accident flight was his first flight in it. Prior to departing on the instrument flight rules flight, the pilot received a weather briefing which included warnings for severe convective activity. While enroute, the pilot was in contact with air traffic control and indicated he was deviating around weather. The controller initially described the radar-observed precipitation correctly to the pilot. However, when the pilot decided to deviate toward a different area of extreme weather, the controller described it only as "a buildup," which was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration directives. By the time the pilot elected to reverse course, the airplane was in the vicinity of extreme-levels of precipitation. A ground witness observed the airplane fly into an area of "dark clouds", and then break apart in-flight. Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any pre-impact mechanical anomalies.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper decision to fly into an area of thunderstorms, which resulted in an in-flight breakup. Contributing to the accident was the air traffic controller's failure to comply with FAA directives regarding issuance of precipitation location and intensity information to the pilot.




(c) NTSB

(c) NTSB

Revision history:

14-Aug-2008 23:15 angels one five Added
14-Aug-2008 23:59 harro Updated
27-Jun-2009 00:32 harro Updated
27-Jun-2009 00:33 harro Updated
12-Oct-2016 06:44 Anon. Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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