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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45537
Last updated: 19 October 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft M35 Bonanza
Owner/operator:Russell D Wright
Registration: N9775R
C/n / msn: D-6297
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Briggsdale, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Greeley, CO (GXY)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was an insurance agent and minister who had recently been arrested and indicted by the State of Colorado for felony theft with respect to his insurance practice. The pilot was released from custody after posting bail on May 3, 2002., and was scheduled to appear in court on June 26, 2002. On the day of the accident, the pilot sent several electronic mail messages to several members of his church congregation informing them that he was resigning as their minister and asking them for forgiveness for the "shame and reproach" he had brought on the church. The pilot's wife reported her husband missing the next afternoon, and the wreckage was located about four hours later. According to recorded radar data, a target was detected departing the airport area and proceeding towards a popular tourist attraction to the northeast. The target circled the area, then turned back towards the airport before disappearing. On-scene investigation disclosed no evidence of preimpact airframe, engine, propeller, or flight control failure/malfunction. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. All aircraft maintenance was current and up to date. The pathologist said "the manner of death is suicide," and the county coroner ruled the death as a suicide.
Probable Cause: controlled descent into terrain for reasons undetermined.



Revision history:

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 16:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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