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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44655
Last updated: 7 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft P35 Bonanza
Registration: N32AB
C/n / msn: D-6974
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aiken, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Spartanburg, SC (SPA)
Destination airport:Aiken, SC (AIK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Upon arriving in the Aiken area, the pilot was cleared for the GPS Runway 06 approach by Air Traffic Control. The airplane collided with trees about 4,175 feet short of runway 06 and about 340 feet left of the published inbound approach course. The airport manager estimated the Aiken weather at the time of the accident was at 200- foot ceiling with 1/4-mile visibility. The GPS Runway 06 approach plate showed that the Minimum Decent Altitude (MDA) was 900 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) or 386 feet Above Ground Level (AGL), and the minimum weather conditions required to land was 400-foot ceiling with one statute mile of visibility. There were no mechanical problems reported by the pilot or discovered during the post-accident examination of the airplane.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to follow IFR procedures, and continued flight below the minimum descent altitude and collided with trees.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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