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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 8674
Last updated: 6 September 2019
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Date:29-MAR-1976
Time:16:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 340
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N4098L
C/n / msn: 340-0084
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Sierra Blanca Regional Airport, Ruidoso, New Mexico. -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sierra Blanca Regional Airport, Ruidoso, New Mexico (RUI/KSRR)
Destination airport:Albuquerque,New Mexico
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) March 29 1976 when collided with trees during initial climb out from Sierra Blanca Regional Airport, Ruidoso, New Mexico. Both persons on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S) - PILOT IN COMMAND - INITIATED FLIGHT IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS; IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT DECISIONS OR PLANNING; INADEQUATE PRE-FLIGHT PREPARATION AND/OR PLANNING"

Aircraft reportedly took off in thick fog with zero visibility. Aircraft initially posted as "missing" until wreckage recovered (recovery date of wreckage March 30, 1976 - late on the day following the accident). Aircraft destroyed, registration N4098L cancelled by the FAA on September 15, 1976

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: DEN76AD046 at https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=52812&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=4098L
3. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/nm/N4098L/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
04-Dec-2016 22:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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