Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2004 Issue

December 20, Angwin, Calif. / Beech Baron

At 1550 Pacific time, a Beech B55 was damaged during a precautionary landing in an open field near Angwin after multiple weather-related diversions. The pilot and one passenger were not injured. The cross-country flight originated in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., about three hours earlier with a destination of Placerville, Calif. A preflight weather briefing had indicated clear weather along the route, but the weather started to deteriorate about 50 miles outside of Placerville. The pilot contacted the airport Unicom and was advised that the airport was “zero, zero.” He decided to divert to Sacramento, where he received a Special VFR clearance. Sacramento weather included overcast ceilings betwee...

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