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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38107
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Date:13-DEC-1994
Time:18:14
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-200
Owner/operator:Gibson Air Academy
Registration: N33049
C/n / msn: 28R-7535112
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Nesquehoning, PA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bradford, PA (BFD)
Destination airport:Allaire, NJ (BLM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PRIVATE PILOT WAS ON A CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT AT NIGHT OVER A MOUTAINOUS AREA. DURING FLIGHT, HE CONTACTED ATC AND REQUESTED FLIGHT FOLLOWING SERVICES. ATC ADVISED HIM TO MAINTAIN 5500' MSL, AND HE CLIMBED TO THAT ALTITUDE. DURING A FREQUENCY CHANGE (FROM WILKES BARRE APPROACH CONTROL TO ALLENTOWN APPROACH CONTROL) RADIO CONTACT WITH THE AIRPLANE WAS LOST. THE CONTROLLER TRIED SEVERAL TIME TO RE-ESTABLISH RADIO CONTACT, BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS. THE AIRPLANE SUBSEQUENTLY COLLIDED WITH TREES ON TOP OF BROAD MOUNTAIN AND WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT AND FIRE. WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED OVER A 600' AREA. THE PILOT HAD RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING THAT INDICATED MARGINAL VFR WEATHER AND FLIGHT PRECAUTIONS FOR MOUNTAIN OBSCURATION ALONG HIS ROUTE OF FLIGHT. ABOUT 25 MILES SOUTH AT ALLENTOWN, A SPECIAL WEATHER OBSERVATION AT 1822 EST REPORTED SNOW SHOWERS WITH 1 1/2 MILES VISIBILITY IN FOG. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. CAUSE: the non-instrument-rated pilot's poor in-flight decision to continue VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions, at night, and his failure to maintain sufficient altitude to ensure clearance from obstructions/terrain. Related factors were the instrument meteorological flight conditions (low ceiling and fog), the dark night, and the pilot's lack of total instrument flight experience.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001206X02687


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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