Accident Cessna P210N N6425W,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38085
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Date:Thursday 2 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic P210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna P210N
Registration: N6425W
MSN: P21000775
Year of manufacture:1981
Total airframe hrs:1662 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Cambridge, Idaho -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Mccall, Idaho (MYL/KYML)
Destination airport:Boise, Idaho (BOI/KBOI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On January 2, 1997, about 1434 mountain standard time, a Cessna P210N, N6425W, registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, collided with mountainous terrain located ten miles north of Cambridge, Idaho. Visual and instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed and the private pilot and her four passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated from McCall, Idaho, about 23 minutes prior to the accident. The flight was destined for Boise, Idaho.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that the pilot had filed an instrument flight rules flight plan, but did not open the flight plan after the airplane took off from McCall. At 1800 the same day, a search was initiated after concerned family members reported the airplane overdue. The wreckage was located on January 3 at 1800. No ELT signal was heard.

Family members reported that the purpose of the flight was to help some friends by flying them out of McCall to Boise, since all of the roads were closed.

The husband of one of the passengers reported that he was present at the airplane when the pilot was performing the preflight check and loading the baggage. The husband reported that the pilot was aware of the icing conditions at 8,000 feet and that the surrounding mountains were obscured by clouds. The husband reported that the pilot noted that the cloud conditions to the west were broken, and stated that she would fly to the west and then down a valley to the south into Boise, instead of going directly south out of McCall to Boise.

A commercial pilot who was flying a Cessna 210 in the Council, Idaho, area about 1400, reported that he had departed from Boise and decided to fly to the west, instead of direct from Boise to McCall. The pilot stated that there was heavy air traffic along the direct route between McCall and Boise. Due to adverse weather, all of the roads leading into and out of McCall had been closed. The pilot stated that he decided to fly to the west, toward Council, in an attempt to bypass the heavy air traffic. He reported that he was flying at the bases of the clouds at about 6,500 feet and was maneuvering around the clouds and the terrain. He stated that just south of Council, the weather was pretty good so he flew toward Council Mountain, through Long Valley and into the Cotton Wood Drain. When the flight was about two to three miles south of Council, the pilot stated that he observed "very black clouds" that had a "roll to them and moving fast." He described the clouds as looking "very violent." He observed the cold front moving from the southwest to the northeast and was approaching the ridges into the McCall area. He decided to turn around and find another route into McCall. He stated that he was experiencing light to moderate turbulence and was not picking up any ice below the cloud layers, and there was no freezing rain.


1. NTSB Identification: SEA97FA041 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
10-Apr-2016 20:30 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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