October 31, Laurel Bloomery, Tenn. / Piper Arrow


At 0950 eastern time, a Piper PA-28R-200 struck trees and crashed while maneuvering near Laurel Bloomery. The pilot received minor injuries. The pilot said he was practicing maneuvers in the local area when he encountered clear ice at 6,500 feet msl. He descended to 3,500 feet in an attempt to get below the icing conditions but was still picking up ice. He descended in a valley to 2,300 feet, and when he attempted to climb out of the valley struck the wooded terrain. The pilot telephoned rescue personnel via cell phone and was rescued at 1830.


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