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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23394
Last updated: 13 March 2021
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Time:12:25 PDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-151 Warrior
Registration: C-GNXV
C/n / msn: 28-7515399
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:N of Nelson, British Columbia -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Nelson, BC (ZNL)
Destination airport:
The Piper aircraft, C-GHWH, departed the Nelson airport, British Columbia, at about 12:25 Pacific daylight saving time (PDT) in support of a Canadian Forces search and rescue (SAR) mission. The aircraft was part of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) assignment. The crew, consisting of a pilot, a navigator, and an observer, were tasked to search an area east of Nelson and west of Cranbrook for a recently missing Piper PA-28 aircraft.

At 13:00 PDT, the accident pilot broadcast on the radio that all search operations were normal. At about 13:40 PDT, an observer on board a Canadian Forces SAR aircraft spotted smoke coming from a downed aircraft, later identified as C-GHWH; it had been destroyed by the crash and post-impact fire, and the three occupants were fatally

There were no witnesses to the accident. The object of the SAR mission, missing PA-28 aircraft C-GNXV, was found later the same day; it had crashed in mountainous terrain north of Nelson.


1. CADORS 1996P0256

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
29-Mar-2015 13:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Mar-2015 13:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Mar-2015 13:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date]
05-Mar-2018 07:34 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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