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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 235627
Last updated: 1 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec C
Owner/operator:Landcare Aviation Inc
Registration: N6521Y
C/n / msn: 27-3812
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:SE of Hemet-Ryan Airport (HMT/KHMT), Hemet, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Chino Airport, CA (CNO/KCNO)
Destination airport:Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On April 30, 2020, about 1230 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-23-250 airplane, N6521Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hemet, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial survey flight.
According to a second pilot, employed by the same company, he and the accident pilot were conducting aerial survey work over selected areas of land around the city of Palm Springs, California. The two airplanes departed Chino Airport (CNO) to begin the survey flights in two separate areas and remained in radio contact. between 1140 and 1210, the second pilot heard a distress call that sounded like "I'm going down". He attempted to communicate via radio and received a second unintelligible reply. The second pilot reported that he observed, via a flight navigation application on his iPad, the accident airplane descending rapidly.
Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted steep mountainous terrain and came to rest inverted about 15 miles west of the intended aerial survey area. The debris path was about 300 ft in length, oriented on a heading of about 270. One propeller was unaccounted for. All other major structural components of the airplane were located within the debris path.

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Revision history:

30-Apr-2020 22:51 Captain Adam Added
30-Apr-2020 22:54 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Apr-2020 23:12 Geno Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source]
01-May-2020 07:11 Anon. Updated [Date]
01-May-2020 09:35 Anonymous Updated [Registration, Source]
01-May-2020 09:37 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage]
01-May-2020 10:25 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
01-May-2020 12:23 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Narrative]
01-May-2020 16:34 RobertMB Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
02-May-2020 08:08 Captain Adam Updated [Nature, Narrative]
01-Mar-2021 19:39 harro Updated [Nature, Narrative]

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