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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35303
Last updated: 24 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-180 Commanche
Owner/operator:Capital Skypark Inc
Registration: N5069P
C/n / msn: 24-75
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Stubblefield Canyon, 22 miles SW of Bridgeport, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Fresno, California (FAT/KFAT)
Destination airport:Sacramento, California (SAC/KSAC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 19, 1962, about 2345 hours Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA24-180, N5069P, collided with mountainous terrain about 22 miles southwest of Bridgeport, California. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight to Sacramento, California, when the accident occurred. The airplane, operated by Capitol Skypark Inc., Sacramento, California, was destroyed by impact and post-impact fire. The certificated commercial pilot and three passengers received fatal injuries. A VFR flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from Fresno, California, about 23:00 hours.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations inspector, Fresno Flight Standards District Office, reported that a U.S. Park Service trail crew from the Yosemite National Park discovered the airplane on August 8, 1994, in a remote section of the park about 9,200 feet mean sea level. The location is in the Stubblefield Canyon drainage, north of the Pacific Crest hiking trail, below the Macomb Ridge. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board do not have any records of the accident flight. The registration number of the airplane was retired and reassigned by the FAA to another aircraft in 1972.

A U.S. Park Service investigator reported that, during a coroner's investigation conducted jointly by the park service and Tuolumne County investigators, family members of the pilot and passengers provided details about the flight. See attached park service report.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. The pilot also held an aircraft mechanic certificate with airframe and power plant ratings. No record of the pilot's last medical certificate was retained by the FAA. No personal flight records were located for the pilot. No aircraft maintenance records for the airplane were located.

The recovered remains of the occupants were turned over to the Tuolumne County Coroner's Office, 28 N. Lower Sunset Dr., Sonora, California, by park ranger personnel.

The accident was located at latitude 38 degrees, 03.959 minutes north, and longitude 119 degrees, 35.674 minutes west. According to a re;port in the New York Times (August 21, 1994, see link #4) the four persons on board who wetre killed were named as "the pilot, Alvie Taylor, 26, and passengers Ben Amagin, 27, Nick Lokteff, 17, and Paul Sokol, 23". The registration N5069P was cancelled by the FAA on June 16, 1970, and re-assigned in 1972 to a Boeing B-17G


1. NTSB Identification: LAX94LA336 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
11-Dec-2015 14:56 JINX Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Source]
11-Sep-2016 21:16 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Sep-2016 21:28 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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