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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68103
Last updated: 15 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N2967P
C/n / msn: 22-3241
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Approx. 1.5 miles south of Canyonville, Oregon -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Roseburg, OR (5S1)
Destination airport:Grants Pass, OR (3S8)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument-rated and non-certificated pilot was flying along a 49-mile route, which paralleled a major interstate highway. Mountainous terrain was located within a few miles of the highway, and, in the accident site area, mountains rose to 3,300 feet mean sea level (msl). While flying about 0.7 miles west of the highway, the pilot collided with a mountain at 2,400 feet msl. Near the departure airport, about 23 miles northwest of the accident site, the base of the overcast ceiling was between 2,000 and 2,200 feet msl. Witnesses located about 1 mile north of the crash site reported that the mountaintop south of their position was not visible at the time of the accident due to the cloud coverage. The wreckage and ground scar signatures were consistent with a level-flight impact into the terrain. Thus, it is likely that the pilot, while attempting to fly just below the clouds, encountered instrument meteorological conditions and lost visual reference to the mountainous terrain.
Probable Cause: The non-instrument-rated and non-certificated pilotís decision to continue visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions in mountainous terrain, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.



Revision history:

30-Aug-2009 21:06 slowkid Added
31-Aug-2009 17:20 angels one five Updated
01-Sep-2009 18:03 slowkid Updated
01-Sep-2009 18:06 slowkid Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:58 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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