Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2000 Issue

April 11, Rocksprings, Texas / Piper Saratoga

At approximately 22:00 CDT, a Piper PA-32R-301 crashed on approach to Edwards Airport, but the two occupants were not injured. The pilot said he diverted around weather and entered “dark night IFR conditions.” He then contacted Houston Center and requested directions to the nearest airport. Houston Center directed the IFR flight toward Sonora, but the pilot reported encountering moderate turbulence and asked for a closer airport. Houston Center directed him toward Edwards. While on approach to runway 14, the pilot lost visual contact with the runway, and elected to go around. He applied full power, raised the landing gear, and selected 10 degrees of flaps. The airplane struck trees, crashed...

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