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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13616
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Time:00:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:Unknown (illegal flight)
Registration: N54294
MSN: 31-7405231
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Pinon, Otero County, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Mexico?
Destination airport:Pinon, Otero County, New Mexico
Written off 19 September 1976: crashed and destroyed by fire when impacted ground near Pinon, Otero County, New Mexico, at approximate Coordinates: 3237′05″N 10523′40″W. (CFIT - Controlled Flight Into Terrain). Aircraft was probably being used on an illegal flight (drug smuggling): there was evidence of a large amount of marijuana found in wreckage. The aircraft appears to have no registered legal owner. In addition, no flight plan was filed, and the aircraft had neither a departure point nor a stated destination.

The pilot misjudged his altitude and distance whilst flying near high obstructions during flight at low altitude. Aircraft hit trees on second low pass, both persons on board killed

Registration N54294 belatedly cancelled by the FAA on May 10, 2013 - 37 years later - as "expired"


1. NTSB Identification: DEN76AD072:
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
21-Apr-2015 01:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Sep-2017 19:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Sep-2017 15:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
29-Oct-2019 16:34 Uli Elch Updated [Operator]

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