Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2013 Issue

December 15, 2012, Ely, Nev. - Piper PA-31T-1 Cheyenne II

The airplane was substantially damaged during an in-flight breakup at about 1000 Pacific time. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed in the area around the accident site; the aircraft was being operated on an IFR flight plan. Preliminary radar data depict the airplane in cruise flight at FL240 and a course of 335 degrees magnetic. At 0937, the airplane’s heading turned to about 320 degrees and oscillated around that value until the last several radar returns indicated the airplane in a descending turn to the right.

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