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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192429
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow
Registration: N2806R
MSN: 28R-35293
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Johnson County SE of Vienna, IL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Pella, IA (PEA)
Destination airport:Nashville, TN
Investigating agency: NTSB
The non-instrument rated commercial pilot departed on a cross-country flight in his high performance airplane. There was no record of the pilot receiving an official preflight weather briefing. However, the pilot may have obtained text weather information from a weather service while enroute. Images taken during the flight showed the airplane flying above an overcast cloud layer. Review of satellite imagery indicated that the overcast layer covered the area near the accident site and continued to the intended destination. Marginal visual to instrument meteorological conditions were reported near the accident site about the time of the accident. The investigation could not determine if there were breaks in the low overcast or how the pilot got below the overcast. However, a witness saw the airplane flying at a very low altitude and reported dark night conditions were present. The witness subsequently heard a loud crash, which he thought was the airplane, and called 9-1-1. The airplane was not on fire in flight and he did not see any subsequent fire or explosion. The smell of fuel was present in the area, which led emergency responders to the wreckage within a wooded area. The wreckage path through the woods was a nearly straight 150-ft descending path. Linear separations of tree branches and the S-shaped bending of a propeller blade were consistent with the engine producing power at impact. A postaccident examination of the wreckage did not reveal any preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.

Probable Cause: The non-instrument rated pilot's decision to descend through an overcast layer of weather during dark night conditions, which resulted in the airplane impacting trees.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Download report: Final report



Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

01-Jan-2017 05:00 Geno Added
01-Jan-2017 08:55 dfix1 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2017 11:20 Iceman 29 Updated [Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2017 05:57 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
23-Feb-2017 10:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, ]
11-Nov-2018 08:31 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
11-Nov-2018 09:08 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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