Accident Lancair LC-40-550FG Columbia 300 N141LC,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 40426
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Date:Friday 8 January 1999
Time:19:12 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic COL3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lancair LC-40-550FG Columbia 300
Owner/operator:Pacific Aviation Composites
Registration: N141LC
MSN: 40002
Total airframe hrs:548 hours
Engine model:Continental IO-550-N
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Portland, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Bend, OR (S07)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Radar data and air traffic communications indicated that the pilot initially contacted approach control while the airport was under night visual conditions. Shortly after the initial contact, the weather conditions deteriorated and instrument meteorological conditions became effective. The pilot was advised of the weather conditions and given vectors to intercept the ILS 10L approach. As the aircraft was turning inbound to intercept the localizer, the air traffic controller notified the pilot that it appeared that he was aligned for the ILS 10R approach. The pilot advised the controller that he had tuned in the wrong frequency and asked the controller for the correct frequency. The controller informed the pilot of the correct frequency for the ILS 10L approach. Due to other air traffic, the controller instructed the pilot to turn to a northerly heading for vectors to the ILS 10L approach. The pilot complied with the controllers instructions and shortly thereafter was aligned for the ILS 10L approach. After the aircraft was established on the localizer and cleared to land, the flight course maintained a constant descent rate, magnetic heading and airspeed. Approximately one mile short of the runway, the course heading began to turn to the northeast of runway centerline. The last radar targets indicated that the aircraft continued to turn to the northeast and descend below radar coverage. The weather reported at the time of the accident and shortly after the accident, indicated that the ceilings conditions were below the approach minimums and both ceilings and visibility were deteriorating. Documentation of the wreckage that was recovered, indicated that the aircraft impacted the river in a nose low attitude. The pilot's flight logbook indicated that the pilot had recently been signed off for an instrument competency check that was performed under simulated flight conditions. The logbook indicated that the last flight logged under actual conditions was performed approximately seven years prior to the accident. The last simulated instrument flight was logged approximately three years prior to the accident.

Probable Cause: Aircraft control was not maintained and the pilot's lack of total experience in type operation. Weather conditions reported ceilings below approach/landing minimums and a dark night condition were factors.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: SEA99FA028
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Nov-2017 13:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Nov-2017 16:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Destination airport]
01-Dec-2018 14:00 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
08-Apr-2024 10:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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