October 4, 2009, Black Canyon City, Ariz., Piper PA-24-250 Comanche


The airplane was destroyed when it collided with terrain at about 0725 Mountain time. The airline transport pilot and his sole passenger were killed. Visual conditions prevailed. The U.S. Forest Service located the wreckage the next day, while fighting a wildfire near the accident site. The fire was initially reported the afternoon of the crash.

Examination of the accident site revealed the airplane impacted terrain on the eastern slope of the mountain ridge. The fuselage was mostly consumed by a post-impact fire.


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