July 14, 2012, Salina, Utah, Cirrus Design Corp. SR22


At about 1130 Mountain time, the airplane impacted terrain. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage from impact forces. Visual and instrument conditions prevailed along the route; no flight plan had been filed.
The flight’s radar track indicated the target climbed from 13,700 feet msl to 14,200 feet during its last two minutes of flight. The last radar return was at 11:28:54, at 13,500 feet msl. The accident site was located 1.5 nm southeast of the last radar return. A preliminary review of weather in the area of the accident indicated the cloud base was at 9000 feet msl, with tops at 27,000 feet msl and light rain.


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