Accident Piper PA-28-180 N6473J,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44937
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Date:Wednesday 11 February 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180
Registration: N6473J
MSN: 28-4900
Year of manufacture:1968
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Alma, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Fort Pierce, FL (KFPR)
Destination airport:Alma, GA (KAMG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was operating under visual flight rules (VFR) with flight following and requested to descend toward the airport. An air traffic controller instructed the pilot to maintain VFR. The last recorded radar position for the flight was approximately 9 nautical miles southeast of the airport at 2,400 feet MSL. The controller stated to the pilot, "radar contact lost squawk VFR change to advisory frequency approved," and the pilot acknowledged. No further radio or radar contact was made with the flight. The wreckage was found at the base of broken trees in a wooded area 0.9 nm south southeast of the runway 33 threshold, approximately 1,100 feet left of a straight-in course for runway 33. Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunction was observed. The automated weather observing system at the airport reported calm winds, reduced visibility with light rain and mist, and low clouds at the approximate time of the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate in-flight decision, and his failure to maintain aircraft control which resulted in continued VFR flight into IMC and the subsequent collision with trees during approach.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:41 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source, Narrative]

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