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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36654
Last updated: 20 April 2019
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Date:06-JAN-1999
Time:17:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE58 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 58P Baron
Owner/operator:Eastern Oregon Fast Freight
Registration: N700LF
C/n / msn: TJ-123
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Yamhill, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:La Grande, OR (LGD)
Destination airport:Aurora, OR (UAO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
While the pilot was en route to his intended destination on a dark night, the weather lowered to less than visual flight rules (VFR) minimums. Approach control therefore cleared the pilot direct to the associated VOR for a VOR DME approach. Once at the VOR, the pilot said he could see the ground and was going to descend and make a visual approach. Approach control asked the pilot if he was asking for a contact approach or canceling his IFR clearance, and then explained to him that he could not be cleared for a visual approach unless he could see the airport. The pilot responded that he wanted to shoot a contact approach, and approach cleared him to do so. Soon thereafter the aircraft was seen maneuvering underneath a low ceiling, in hilly terrain, where ground fog was present. While maneuvering in the hilly terrain, the aircraft collided with a row of pine trees near the top of a hill, and continued on for about 1,000 feet before impacting a thick stand of hardwood trees.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from hilly terrain while maneuvering below a low ceiling. Factors include a dark night, a low ceiling, fog, and hilly terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001204X00112&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Nov-2017 13:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Nov-2017 16:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport]
25-Nov-2017 17:39 harro Updated [Nature, Departure airport]

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