Accident Beechcraft D35 Bonanza N5985C,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44223
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Date:Sunday 15 January 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft D35 Bonanza
Registration: N5985C
MSN: D-3410
Year of manufacture:1952
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Irazu Volcano -   Costa Rica
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Panama City (MPHG)
Destination airport:Pavas (MRPV)
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On January 15, 2006, at 0959 eastern standard time, a Beech D35, N5985C, registered to a private owner, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, collided with Irazu Volcano in the vicinity of Tierra Blanca, Costa Rica. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The flight departed from Paitilla-Marcos A. Gelabert Airport, Panama City, Panama, enroute to Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Pavas, Costa Rica, on January 15, 2006, at 0857. The airplane was reported missing on January 15, 2006, and was located by search personnel on January 18, 2006.

Contributing factors
-Visual flight (VFR) within clouds
-Flying through clouds in mountainous terrain.
-Ignorance of the geography of the terrain.
-The pilot's decision to continue in adverse weather conditions encountered en route
-The loss of geographical awareness that did not allow him to maintain the proper vertical and horizontal separation from the mountains



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
12-Aug-2013 01:50 Luis Jimenez Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Jul-2020 18:57 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
09-Jul-2020 18:58 harro Updated [Cn, Narrative]

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