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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25635
Last updated: 21 August 2019
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Date:05-JAN-2002
Time:14:23
Type:Silhouette image of generic C441 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 441 Conquest II
Owner/operator:Alex F. Wojciechowicz
Registration: N441AW
C/n / msn: 441-0199
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Rio Grande -   Puerto Rico
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Culebra, PR (CPX)
Destination airport:San Juan, PR (SJU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot was on a visual rules flight from Culebra, Puerto Rico to San Juan, Puerto Rico. No flight plan was filed and a weather briefing was not obtained. The pilot contacted San Juan Radar Approach Control 10 miles east of Fajardo, Puerto Rico and the controller stated the airplane was in radar contact 3 miles east of Farjardo airport. The pilot was instructed to enter a right downwind for runway 10 south of plaza Carolina. The pilot acknowledged the transmission and reported he was at 1,600 feet. Two minutes later the controller stated on the radio frequency, radar contact was lost. The airplane was located by ground personnel on the side of El Yunque Mountain. Review of weather data revealed a weak cold front extended over Puerto Rico. Satellite imagery at the time of the accident revealed a band of low clouds obscuring the accident site. A police helicopter pilot who attempted to reach the crash site reported instrument flight conditions. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, engine assemblies and accessories revealed no anomalies.
Probable Cause: The pilot continued visual flight flight into instrument flight conditions resulting in an in-flight collision with terrain. Low clouds were a factor.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20020108X00044&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
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]
19-Nov-2017 18:35 wf Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]
25-Nov-2017 20:54 wf Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2017 15:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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