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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38175
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Date:29-DEC-1985
Time:18:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic M20T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mooney M20K
Owner/operator:Sunwest Aviation
Registration: N1152T
C/n / msn: 25-0630
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Des Moines, WA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Hillsboro, OR (HIO)
Destination airport:Seatle, WA (BFI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE WEATHER BRIEFER INFORMED THE PILOT THAT VFR WAS NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO CURRENT/FORECAST CONDTIONS. THE NON INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT THEN FILED A VFR FLIGHT PLAN RESPONDING THAT HE WAS IFR RATED AND WOULD FILE INFLIGHT IF NECESSARY. WITNESSES REPORTED OBSERVING THE AIRCRAFT CRUISING NORTHBOUND OVER I-5 AT A MODERATE SPEED AND LOW ALTITUDE BENEATH THE CLOUDS. WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT SITE WERE DESCRIBED AS 300 FOOT CEILING AND 1 MILE VISIBILITY. DARK NIGHT CONDITIONS EXISTED WHEN THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK POWER LINE 75 FEET ABOVE THE I-5 MEDIAN AND 6 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. IN SPITE OF DETERIORATING WEATHER CONDITIONS THE PILOT MADE NO ATTEMPT TO DIVERT ALONG HIS ROUTE OF FLIGHT TO A MORE FAVORABLE DESTINATION. AN ENTRY REFERRING TO 'SCUD FLYING' WAS NOTED IN THE PILOT'S LOGBOOK. CAUSE:

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001214X38493


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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