Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2008 Issue

December 6, 2007, Orting, Wash., Piper PA-28-236

The airplane was destroyed when it collided with trees and terrain while maneuvering at approximately 1810 Pacific time. The instrument-rated commercial pilot and sole occupant sustained fatal injuries. Night visual conditions prevailed. The pilot’s family contacted the FAA on December 9, 2007, after becoming concerned. The FAA issued an Alert Notification (ALNOT) and, on the morning of December 10, 2007, the Washington State Department of Transportation began search and rescue operations. The airplane wreckage was located on December 13, 2007. Evidence of a post-crash fire was present; no electronic signal was emitted from the airplane’s ELT.

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