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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68889
Last updated: 10 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior
Registration: N43620
C/n / msn: 28-7415539
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Jefferson National Forest, Russell County, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cincinnati, OH (LUK)
Destination airport:Mocksville, NC (8A7)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that he was in cruise flight at 2,500 feet when he encountered low clouds and fog. He lost visual contact with the ground and initiated a climbing left turn. Seconds later, he impacted rising terrain which resulted in substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and the empennage. Prior to the flight, the pilot obtained a weather briefing from a flight service station that forecasted overcast ceilings at 3,000 feet and 10 miles visibility near the route of flight with conditions improving throughout the day. The pilot stated that the weather at the time of the accident was approximately 5 miles visibility, with an overcast ceiling at 3,000 feet.
Probable Cause: The pilotís decision to continue flight under visual flight rules into known deteriorating weather conditions, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.



Revision history:

12-Oct-2009 14:43 RobertMB Added
13-Oct-2009 02:23 TB Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 17:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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