Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2001 Issue

March 08, Mica, Wash. / Cessna Stationair

At 14:20 Pacific time, a Canadian-registered Cessna U206G struck trees five miles east/northeast of Mica. The pilot was killed. IMC prevailed and the flight was on a VFR flight plan from Renton, Wash., to Spokane and then on to Calgary, Alberta. The pilot contacted Spokane Approach at 13:51 and reported his position as 15 miles south of Spokane, tracking inbound on a 006 degree magnetic heading at 2,700 feet. He requested the weather and vectors to land and, when asked to squawk 0345, advised he was experiencing “some transponder trouble.” The aircraft was not radar identified. Less than 10 minutes later the pilot radioed that he would head toward Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, or seek a small airpor...

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