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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229418
Last updated: 21 September 2021
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Date:26-SEP-2019
Time:19:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-160 Tri Pacer
Owner/operator:private
Registration: D-EIRY
MSN: 22-5488
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Petrovice u Měčνna, Plzeň -   Czech Republic
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Letnany Airport (LKLT)
Destination airport:Klatovy Airport (LKKT)
Investigating agency: UZPLN
Narrative:
A Piper aircraft went missing and was found the next day in heavily timbered terrain. Both occupants (38/63) had died.

The cause of the plane crash
• The cause of the plane crash was a chain of events that began:
- The pilot's decision to make a night flight for which he was not qualified.
• The chain of events continued:
- Incorrect evaluation of the condition and weather forecast by the pilot.
- By flying the pilot into the area with conditions that were not suitable for the VFR flight.
- By not leaving this area back to the area with VFR flight conditions.
- Continuation of the flight in unsatisfactory conditions for the flight under VFR to LKKT.
- By lowering the flight altitude in hilly wooded terrain below a safe altitude.
• This chain of events resulted in the aircraft flying into a forest, crashing into trees, falling to the ground and its subsequent fire.
• The Commission has failed to demonstrate or rule out intentional or unintentional interference by the passenger in the control of the aircraft or its further activity on board, which could be the cause of the accident or a co-factor during the accident.
Its condition (heavy intoxication) probably already influenced the pilot's decision-making process to perform the flight, its concentration during and critical phase of the flight, when he focused intensively on piloting during approach and landing.

Sources:

https://www.novinky.cz/krimi/clanek/letadlo-na-plzensku-vyslalo-nouzovy-signal-hleda-ho-policie-s-armadou-40297903
https://www.krimi-plzen.cz/a/pad-letadla/

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: UZPLN
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2019 09:49 bob Added
27-Sep-2019 09:49 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Damage, Narrative]
27-Sep-2019 12:43 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
27-Sep-2019 14:55 Geno Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
27-Sep-2019 18:18 TB Updated [Operator, Nature, Narrative]
08-Sep-2020 19:13 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Phase, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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