ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44308
Last updated: 18 May 2013
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Narrative:The instrument rated pilot had received a weather briefing, which included a forecast ceiling of 700 feet and visibility of 4 miles. He then filed an instrument flight plan, and proceeded uneventfully to the destination airport area. He remained in communication with air traffic control, and complied with their instructions, while flying a precision approach to runway 27. However, about 1 mile from the runway threshold, the airplane flew left of the localizer course and below decision height. The airplane subsequently impacted mountainous terrain about 1 mile south of the airport. Weather at the time was oscillating above and below minimums for the instrument approach, which required a ceiling of 200 feet and visibility of 3/4-mile. The published missed approach procedure included a climb to 3,000 feet and then a left climbing turn to 4,000 feet msl. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any to ATC. CAUSE: The pilot's failure to follow the published instrument approach which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. A factor was the low ceiling.
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
|Operator:||Herman W Lester|
|C/n / msn:|| E-1119|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Pikeville, KY -
United States of America
|Departure airport:||Paducah, KY (PAH)|
|Destination airport:||Pikeville, KY (PBX)|
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