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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 268514
Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-260 Comanche B
Owner/operator:Mike Collins & Associates
Registration: N9126P
MSN: 24-4605
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lake Nottely near Blairsville Airport (KDZJ), GA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Blairsville Airport, GA (KDZJ)
Destination airport:Sebring Regional Airport, FL (SEF/KSEF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The instrument-rated pilot, who owned the airplane, filed an instrument flight rules flight plan from Blairsville Airport (DZJ) to Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida. According to preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data, the pilot took off on runway 8 about 0815 and immediately commenced a left turn to the northwest to a heading of about 300 at which point the airplane began a right turn before the ADS-B data ended. The airplane impacted trees and terrain on a heading of 090 about 1.5 nautical miles north of the departure end of runway 8.

Takeoff minimums and obstacle departure procedures for DZJ (an uncontrolled airport) required pilots to climbing in visual conditions to cross the airport at or above 4,500 ft msl before proceeding on course. Weather minimums for the climb in visual conditions were 2,700 ft ceiling and 3 miles visibility. The DZJ weather at 0815 included a ceiling of 200 ft overcast with mile visibility in fog. Witnesses and first responders reported heavy fog conditions at the accident site.

Initial examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that all major structural components of the airplane were accounted for. The airplane struck trees before colliding with terrain on the banks of Nottely Lake. The measured descent angle from the tree breaks to the initial impact crater was 22.

METAR reports around the accident time (1216Z):
KDZJ 131235Z AUTO 00000KT 1/4SM FG OVC002 14/ A3017
KDZJ 131215Z AUTO 10003KT M1/4SM FG OVC002 14/ A3016
KDZJ 131155Z AUTO 00000KT M1/4SM FG OVC002 13/ A3016

NTSB (photo)



Revision history:

13-Oct-2021 17:23 Captain Adam Added
13-Oct-2021 18:43 johnwg Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Oct-2021 18:45 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
13-Oct-2021 22:35 RobertMB Updated [Time, Registration, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2021 22:38 RobertMB Updated [Location, Phase, Narrative]
13-Oct-2021 23:18 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
14-Oct-2021 06:00 johnwg Updated [Source]
14-Oct-2021 06:02 harro Updated [Narrative]
14-Oct-2021 13:18 johnwg Updated [Narrative]
22-Oct-2021 16:45 aaronwk Updated [Time, Narrative, Category]

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