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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87187
Last updated: 5 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II
Owner/operator:Tech Aviation Flight School
Registration: N42997
MSN: 28-8316062
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Columbia County, Pennsylvania -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Williamsport, PA (IPT)
Destination airport:Wilkes-Barre, PA (AVP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The instrument-rated pilot was on the return leg of a three-leg cross country flight at night when he encountered clouds in his path. He considered climbing above the clouds, but he was concerned that he would not be able to descend back down through them. He elected to descend below the clouds, and misjudged the distance between the clouds and the ground. The airplane collided with trees and terrain at an elevation of about 2,200 feet in a remote, wooded area. The airplane sustained substantial damage by impact forces and post-crash fire. The pilot reported he did not see the trees or the terrain prior to the collision. Additionally, he stated that there were no mechanical issues with the airplane during the flight.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from terrain during the night flight.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-Jan-2011 07:31 bizjets101 Added
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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