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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188656
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga II TC
Owner/operator:Kurtz Enterprises Ltd
Registration: N710CC
MSN: 3257358
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ajdovščina, Goriška -   Slovenia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Venice, Italy
Destination airport:Leipzig, Germany
Four persons (Germans) died when an US-registered Piper PA-32 plane crashed in Slovenia. Weather (icing) may have been a factor to the accident. Founder and owner of internet firm Unister Thomas Wagner (38year old) confirmed as being among them.

• Indirect cause
‒ Impact of the aircraft with the terrain as a result of loss of control due to structural failure of the horizontal stabilizer in flight, which failed due to onset of flutter during change of flight elements in the area of unstable weather conditions and moderate icing.
• Direct cause
‒ Pilot decision to deviate from planned flight which resulted in the entry of adverse weather area with moderate icing.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

14-Jul-2016 11:48 gerard57 Added
14-Jul-2016 12:12 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
14-Jul-2016 12:14 harro Updated [Location, Source]
14-Jul-2016 12:51 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
14-Jul-2016 13:18 Geno Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Jul-2016 15:58 Anon. Updated [Location]
14-Jul-2016 19:27 Anon. Updated [Source]
26-Jul-2016 18:07 Panagiotis A.Pietris Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Oct-2020 17:33 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2020 17:33 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]

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