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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37003
Last updated: 14 August 2019
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Date:01-MAR-1993
Time:17:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N91CL
C/n / msn: 1317
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Zenia, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Roseburg, OR (RBG)
Destination airport:Hayward, CA (HWD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT DEPARTED DURING MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS. ABOUT 48 MINUTES LATER, THE PILOT CONTACTED THE AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER AND ADVISED HIM THAT HE WAS UNSURE OF HIS POSITION AND REQUESTED ASSISTANCE. THE SECTOR CONTROLLER COULD NOT RADAR IDENTIFY THE AIRPLANE AND INSTRUCTED THE PILOT TO CONTACT ANOTHER SECTOR CONTROLLER. THE PILOT BECAME CONFUSED AND ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT VARIOUS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WITHOUT SUCCESS. AN AIRCRAFT IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE MADE INITIAL VISUAL CONTACT, BUT THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE ENTERED INTO THE CLOUDS AND COULD NOT BE RELOCATED. THE AIRLANE'S LEFT WING STRUCK SOME TREES IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA WHILE IN A STEEP DESCENDING ATTITUDE. THE WRECKAGE EXAMINATION DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY PREEXISTING MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES. CAUSE: THE PILOT'S POOR WEATHER EVALUATION AND CONTINUED FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. THE LOW CEILING WAS A FACTOR.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X12007


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]

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