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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65311
Last updated: 3 July 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N4824A
MSN: 22-3977
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Preston County, West Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Suffolk, VA (SFQ)
Destination airport:Elkins, WV (EKN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot departed from Suffolk, Virginia, at about 1105, with full fuel tanks, en route to Elkins, West Virginia (EKN). While en route at about 6,000 feet above ground level, he encountered weather over the mountains which prevented him from continuing direct to EKN under visual meteorological conditions. At that time he chose to fly north, up the valley, in hopes of finding a break in the weather. After about 40 minutes, he was unable to continue due to low fuel, and decided to land in a farm pasture. Upon landing, he discovered the grass to be much taller than anticipated. The airplane became entangled, resulting in a nose-over that substantially damaged the vertical stabilizer and wings. The pilot did not report any preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions.
Probable Cause: The pilotís inadequate preflight planning and preparation which resulted in a low fuel condition requiring an off-airport landing.




Revision history:

31-May-2009 18:27 slowkid Added
31-May-2009 18:36 slowkid Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 14:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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