Oct. 6, San Dimas, Calif. / Piper Seneca


At 19:42 Pacific time, a Piper PA-34-200 crashed while executing the VOR missed approach procedure to Brackett Field Airport. The CFI and multi student were killed. IMC prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed. The approach controller handed off the flight to the tower controller, who asked the pilot if he had the airport in sight. The pilot reported the airport in sight but said he did not want to cancel IFR. The tower controller told the approach controller the pilot had the airport and wanted to cancel IFR. One minute later, the pilot reported the airport was not in sight. The pilot had passed the airport and was to the west, so the tower controller gave him vectors to return for another try and told him to maintain VFR. At that point, the pilot said he would execute the missed approach and later said he was flying. He was instructed to turn to a southerly heading and climb to 5,000 feet. The pilot said he was flying a heading of 150 to return to the VOR. The wreckage was later found about 3.5 miles north of the airport.


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