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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39631
Last updated: 16 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P32T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32RT-300T
Registration: N39696
MSN: 32R-7887147
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Pelham, AL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Bessemer, AL (EKY)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot departed into weather observed as 2,000 feet overcast, 6 miles visibility in light rain, with a temperature-dew point spread of 1 degree C., sometime after 1630 and at about 1717 crashed into a 800-to 900-foot ridgeline about 10 miles southeast of his departure point. Witnesses near the crash site stated that localized land clearing fires contributed to worsening visibility, and that they could hear the airplane maneuvering overhead in a generally southeast heading. On site examination of the wreckage of the airframe, engine, and their respective components revealed no mechanical abnormalities.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's decision to continue the visual flight rules flight into deteriorating visibility, and his failure to maintain altitude clearance with the terrain.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
30-Jun-2013 03:22 JINX Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 10:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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