Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2009 Issue

March 1, 2009, Arcata, Calif. Diamond DA-40

At 2257 Pacific time, the airplane was lost from radar while executing an instrument approach. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane was over the Pacific Ocean at the time. Four days later, small portions of the airplane’s structure were located on the beach about six miles north of the last radar hit. The commercial pilot and his passenger have not been found, and are assumed to have died in the accident.

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