Accident Piper PA-28-180 N43630,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43881
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Date:Wednesday 17 January 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180
Owner/operator:Blue Ridge Aeronautics
Registration: N43630
MSN: 28-7405210
Year of manufacture:1974
Total airframe hrs:2984 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Centennial, WY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rock Springs, WY (RKS)
Destination airport:Grand Island, NE (GRI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane was the subject of an alert notification. The accident site was located in forested, mountainous terrain at an elevation 10,710 feet msl. Sunset was recorded at 1700 and the end of civil twilight was recorded at 1730. The moon rose at 0639 and set at 1516 on the day of the accident. Doppler weather radar depicted an area of light snow showers along the route of flight, near the wreckage location. An AIRMET for mountain obscuration was issued along the route of flight. According to the pilot's flight records, he had logged 3 hours of night flight experience, over a year prior to the accident. An examination of the airframe, airplane's systems, and power plant revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal and correct operation prior to impact.
Probable Cause: the pilot's inadvertent flight into adverse weather conditions resulting in a loss of aircraft control. Contributing factors include the pilot's improper preflight planning and decision making, the pilot's spatial disorientation, the pilot's lack of night currency, the dark night, and the snow, low clouds, and low visibility.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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