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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74446
Last updated: 4 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Socata TB20 Trinidad
Registration: N3041Y
C/n / msn: 1507
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Titus Ridge area in Happy Camp, Ca. -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Palm Springs, CA (PSP)
Destination airport:Medford, OR (MFR)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument-rated pilot advised an air traffic controller that he was having trouble descending through clouds. At that point, the controller lost radio and radar contact with the pilot and airplane, respectively. Shortly thereafter, emergency services began receiving telephone calls regarding a possible airplane crash. A law enforcement helicopter could not respond due to the foggy and rainy weather conditions. The wreckage was located later that evening in a forested area. Satellite imagery around the accident time showed the development of an area of convection immediately over the accident site consistent with low topped thunderstorms, which were embedded within a low cloud cover. The accident airplane encountered instrument meteorological conditions when it was lost from radar contact. The flight likely also encountered heavy rain and moderate to severe turbulence associated with the embedded thunderstorms.
Probable Cause: The pilotís inadequate preflight planning and decision to continue to operate under visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in an encounter with an embedded thunderstorm and rain showers and moderate to severe turbulence, which ultimately resulted in the loss of airplane control.



Revision history:

23-May-2010 02:12 RobertMB Added
23-May-2010 02:23 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
24-May-2010 22:08 Anon. Updated [Location]
25-May-2010 04:45 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-May-2010 02:42 RobertMB Updated [Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 17:12 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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