Accident Piper PA-34-200 N1701K,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35902
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Date:Friday 1 November 1996
Time:20:07 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200
Owner/operator:Robert P. Mccarthy
Registration: N1701K
MSN: 34-7250196
Year of manufacture:1972
Total airframe hrs:1811 hours
Engine model:Lycoming L/IO-360-C1E6
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Halawa, Molokai, HI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kaunakakai, HI (MKK)
Destination airport:Kahului, HI (OGG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The noninstrument-rated commercial pilot departed in VFR conditions at twilight. En route, the pilot encountered marginal VFR conditions. Radar data showed that the aircraft made a gradual left turn toward rising terrain, as it entered an area of poor weather. Subsequently, it flew into rising wooded terrain at an elevation of about 1,600 feet, near the top of a mountainous ridge. Witnesses in a sparsely inhabited rural area located about 3 miles from the accident site reported that the light condition was 'pitch black,' when the aircraft flew low over their location, and that instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed. 'Torrential' rains, which had just ended at their location, continued in the area where the aircraft impacted terrain. No preaccident mechanical malfunction of the aircraft was found. Another pilot, who had flown the aircraft recently, stated that the heading indicator would precess 30 degrees in 10 minutes. The pilot's flight instructor said that he (the pilot) was working toward an instrument rating, but was not yet qualified to fly by reference to instruments.

Probable Cause: the pilot's inadvertent VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), and his failure to maintain sufficient clearance and/or altitude from mountainous terrain. Factors related to the accident were: darkness, adverse weather conditions, and mountainous terrain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX97FA032
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


FAA register: 2. FAA:


Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
02-Feb-2016 18:15 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
15-Jun-2023 04:47 Ron Averes Updated [[Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]]
08-Apr-2024 18:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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