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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23014
Last updated: 24 April 2021
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Date:26-MAR-2003
Time:16:40 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Langley Flying School
Registration: C-GNUD
MSN: 28-7525250
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Approx. 7 NM NE of Langley Airport, British Columbia -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Langley Regional Airport (CYNJ)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 26 March 2003, a student pilot flying a Piper PA-28-140 aircraft, C-GNUD, serial number 28-7525250, departed Langley
Airport, British Columbia, for a local solo training flight in the Glen Valley practice area (CYA 126). After take-off, the student departed the Langley control zone and flew northeast to enter the training area at about 2,200 feet above sea level (asl). The flight, was observed from recorded radar data. Once inside the practice area, the aircraft manoeuvring involved a number of gentle and medium turns in alternating directions, using between 10 and 30 degrees of bank.

About 30 minutes after take-off, from an altitude of about 2000 feet above ground level, the aircraft completed three level, 360-degree turns to the left, and then abruptly entered a rapid, left-hand descending turn. Air traffic control radar data ceased when the aircraft descended below 1600 feet above ground level. Observers on the ground described the aircraft as being in a steep, left, spiral dive, completing approximately three full turns before striking the ground. There was no recovery from the spiral dive, and the aircraft struck the ground at high speed. The aircraft was destroyed by the collision and a post-crash fire, and the pilot was fatally injured. The accident occurred at 1640 Pacific daylight time.

Sources:

1. CADORS Number:2003P0293
2. TSB Occurrence No:A03P0068
3. http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2003/a03p0068/a03p0068.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Jan-2015 18:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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