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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39715
Last updated: 31 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C82R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna R182 Skylane RG
Owner/operator:Durango Air Services, Inc.
Registration: N182BG
C/n / msn: R18200256
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Grants, NM -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Gallup, NM (GUP)
Destination airport:Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was flying a night VFR non-scheduled Part 135 cargo flight. Radar data indicates that he departed and climbed to a cruise altitude of 9,500 feet msl. Approximately 24 minutes after departure, the airplane began to climb again. The last radar return was received approximately 1 minute later. The airplane impacted heavily forested mountainous terrain at an elevation of approximately 10,500 feet. The MEA for a nearby airway was 13,300 feet. Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of preimpact anomalies. A pilot who flew by the mountain the airplane impacted approximately 1 hour before the accident, reported IMC weather conditions with numerous low intensity rain showers in the area.
Probable Cause: the pilot's continued VFR flight into IMC during cruise. Contributing factors were the dark night light conditions, and the cloudy weather conditions.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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