Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2006 Issue

August 4, 2006, Whitethorn, Calif./Cessna 182

The aircraft impacted a mountain shortly after departing at about 1030 Pacific time. The two occupants, both of whom were Private pilots, were fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Instrument conditions prevailed around the accident site; it was unknown if a flight plan had been filed. A witness recalled observing the accident airplane depart, noting there was a dense fog surrounding the airport, which provided less than -mile visibility. He witnessed the airplane take off…

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