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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71732
Last updated: 15 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 340
Registration: N2217B
C/n / msn: 340-0532
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lytle Creek, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Henderson, NV (HEN)
Destination airport:Compton, CA (CPM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was on a cross-country flight near mountainous terrain when he encountered clouds along the flight path. A comparison of recorded radar data and weather reports in the local area indicated that the pilot was maneuvering near the cloud bases in an area with low visibility and ceilings. Based on the erratic and circling flight path, it is likely that the pilot was having difficulty determining his location and desired flight track when the airplane collided with terrain. Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilotís loss of situational awareness while maneuvering under a cloud layer and failure to maintain sufficient clearance from mountainous terrain.




Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

21-Jan-2010 10:33 slowkid Added
21-Jan-2010 23:46 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 15:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 16:31 harro Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Photo, ]

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