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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206922
Last updated: 18 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II
Owner/operator:Walla Walla University
Registration: N323MQ
C/n / msn: 28R-7435038
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Blue Mountains north of Tollgate, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Walla Walla, WA (ALW)
Destination airport:Walla Walla, WA (ALW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The flight instructor reported that, after conducting flight maneuvers during an instructional flight, he and the pilot receiving instruction proceeded to sightsee around mountainous terrain at 800 to 1,000 ft above ground level. He added that, after the pilot receiving instruction maneuvered around rising terrain, the airplane was moving toward “fairly significant” terrain. The flight instructor reported that “it was assumed” that the airplane had the necessary performance to climb over the rising terrain ahead, but he soon realized that the airplane was in a “box canyon” and would not be able to climb above the rising terrain. The flight instructor took the flight controls, “pitched the aircraft up to stall speed,” and the airplane impacted trees.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.
The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot receiving instruction’s and flight instructor’s improper decision to enter a canyon surrounded by steep rising terrain and their subsequent failure to maintain clearance from terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude.


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Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


Mar 3, 2018 - Blue Mountains

Revision history:

01-Mar-2018 18:25 Geno Added
01-Mar-2018 18:38 Geno Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-Mar-2018 18:46 Geno Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Source]
05-May-2018 14:21 swtrde Updated [Photo, ]
21-Jun-2018 19:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2018 06:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Source]

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