Accident Piper PA-34-200 N15566,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37451
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Date:Tuesday 3 February 1998
Time:23:38 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200
Owner/operator:Fred H. Pate
Registration: N15566
MSN: 34-7350076
Total airframe hrs:4882 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-360-C1E6
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Graford, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Arlington, TX (F54)
Destination airport:(F35)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane was dispatched to pick up a stranded flightcrew that landed at the destination airport, 70 miles from home base. Fog had formed in the area. The airplane circled the airport, above the fog layer, but was unable to land due to the fog. After circling the airport, the airplane was heard proceeding east bound until the sound of the engines disappeared. An ELT signal was received by another airplane on the 290 degree radial, 19 miles from the Milsap VOR. There were no reported eyewitnesses. The wreckage was located the next morning on the eastern ledge of a granite ridgeline of a north-south oriented hill rising approximately 200 feet above the surrounding terrain. The wreckage was scattered for 270 feet on a heading of 240 degrees. Signatures at the initial point of impact indicate that the airplane contacted trees and terrain in controlled flight in a slight left wing down attitude. Flight control continuity was established. The landing gear and flaps were found in the retracted position.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the ground. Factors were the dark night, the rising terrain, and the ground fog obscuring the ground.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: FTW98FA117
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Apr-2024 14:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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