Accident Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain N45008,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173574
 
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Date:Friday 2 January 2004
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:Larrys Flying Service Inc.
Registration: N45008
MSN: 31-8052167
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:12808 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:3 mi SE of Koyukuk, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Galena, AK (PAGA)
Destination airport:Koyukuk, AK (KYU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The Title 14, CFR Part 135 cargo flight departed for a destination airport about 20 miles downriver. Although weather at the departure airport was VFR, no reports of the actual weather along the route of flight were available. Unable to locate the destination airport due to deteriorating weather conditions, the pilot attempted to return to the departure airport following the river for ground reference. The airplane entered fog and whiteout weather conditions, and collided in-flight with the frozen surface of the river.
Probable Cause: The pilot's continued flight into adverse weather conditions, and his failure to maintain clearance from terrain, which resulted in an in-flight collision with terrain. Factors associated with the accident were fog and whiteout weather conditions.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040109X00044&key=1
FAA register: 2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=45008
Air International FEB 2004

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Feb-2015 18:23 Noro Added
30-Jun-2015 01:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Jun-2015 01:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
18-Oct-2017 16:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 17:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2021 16:05 TB Updated [Location, Source, Damage]

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