Accident Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain C-GNPG,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23344
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Date:Tuesday 4 January 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:Preferred Flights Inc.
Registration: C-GNPG
MSN: 31-7752119
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:3.75 nm from Bathurst Airport, Bathurst, New Brunswick -   Canada
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Moncton, New Brunswick (YQM/CYQM)
Destination airport:Bathurst, New Brunswick (ZBF/CZBF)
Investigating agency: TSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
C-GNPG, a Piper Navajo Chieftain operating as Empress 204, departed Moncton, New Brunswick, at 18:05 Atlantic standard time (AST), on a scheduled courier flight to Bathurst. The aircraft carried a two-pilot crew, and there was no cargo on board. During the non-precision instrument approach to runway 10, the aircraft struck trees .75 nautical miles (nm) inside the Bathurst beacon and 3.75 nm from the airport. The crew was fatally injured during the accident.

The accident occurred at latitude 47°36"N and longitude 065°49"W, at approximately 18:45 AST, during the hours of darkness in instrument meteorological conditions, at an elevation of 450 feet asl.

The Board determined that the crew of Empress 204 allowed the aircraft to descend below the minimum descent altitude for the approach.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB
Report number: A94A0003
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report


1. CADORS 1994A0002

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Apr-2015 01:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Oct-2017 00:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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