ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44655
Last updated: 26 May 2013
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Narrative:Upon arriving in the Aiken area, the pilot was cleared for the GPS Runway 06 approach by Air Traffic Control. The airplane collided with trees about 4,175 feet short of runway 06 and about 340 feet left of the published inbound approach course. The airport manager estimated the Aiken weather at the time of the accident was at 200- foot ceiling with 1/4-mile visibility. The GPS Runway 06 approach plate showed that the Minimum Decent Altitude (MDA) was 900 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) or 386 feet Above Ground Level (AGL), and the minimum weather conditions required to land was 400-foot ceiling with one statute mile of visibility. There were no mechanical problems reported by the pilot or discovered during the post-accident examination of the airplane.
Beechcraft P35 Bonanza
|Operator:||Vincent S. Goransky|
|C/n / msn:|| D-6974|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Aiken, SC -
United States of America
|Departure airport:||Spartanburg, SC (SPA)|
|Destination airport:||Aiken, SC (AIK)|
CAUSE: The pilot's failure to follow IFR procedures, and continued flight below the minimum descent altitude and collided with trees.
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