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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45481
Last updated: 1 January 2020
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Date:26-JUL-2002
Time:11:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft S35 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N5761K
C/n / msn: D-7548
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Clear Spring , MD -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Hagerstown, MD (HGR)
Destination airport:Chattanooga, TN (CHA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The airplane first departed VFR about 1000. About 15 minutes later, the pilot contacted the tower controller and stated that he was returning to the airport because he "could not maintain VFR." After landing, the pilot called flight service and canceled his VFR flight plan, received an abbreviated weather briefing, and stated that he would attempt the same flight later in the day. At 1121, the airplane departed VFR again. At 1124, the pilot contacted a center controller and requested VFR flight following. The controller suggested that the pilot land, and file an IFR flight plan. Several witnesses in a mountainous area reported that they heard an airplane fly overhead, then heard the sound of a crash. Some witnesses saw the airplane appear briefly out of the clouds, then re-enter the clouds seconds before impacting rising terrain. Witnesses also reported rain and dense fog at the time, with visibility estimates ranging from 50 to 150 feet.
Probable Cause: The pilot's continued visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in an in-flight collision with rising terrain. Factors included dense fog and mountainous terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20020807X01319&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 16:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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