Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2005 Issue

June 18, 2005, Mt. Shasta, Calif. / Piper PA-28R-180

The airplane was destroyed and the Airline Transport pilot was fatally injured between 1325 and 1515 Pacific time after impacting upsloping high mountainous terrain in the vicinity of the accident site. No flight plan had been filed. Earlier, the pilot received a standard DUATS briefing for a planned direct-routing flight from San Diego, Calif., to Willows, Calif., before continuing to Bellingham, Wash., the pilot’s final destination and home base. A search for the airplane began after it failed to arrive in Bellingham. On June 20, after weather conditions improved, the airplane’s wreckage was located about 3700 feet south-southeast of Mt. Shasta’s 14,163-foot msl peak....

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