Accident Piper PA-34-200 Seneca N55105,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13885
 
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Date:Monday 6 October 1975
Time:12:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Tom Peck Aviation
Registration: N55105
MSN: 34-7350173
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Kirkwood, California (Near 38.65 N, 120.0 W) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Topaz Lake, Nevada
Destination airport:Salinas Municipal Airport, Salinas, California (SNS/KSNS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) October 6 1975 due to a in-flight break up over Kirkwood, California (Near co ordinates 38.65 N, 120.0 W): Aircraft not anti-icer, or de-icer equipped. According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT DECISIONS OR PLANNING; SPATIAL DISORIENTATION; EXCEEDED DESIGNED STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - AIRFRAME ICE
WEATHER - ICING CONDITIONS-INCLUDES SLEET,FREEZING RAIN, ETC. TURBULENCE, ASSOCIATED W/CLOUDS AND/OR THUNDERSTORMS"

Aircraft initially posted as "missing" until Wreckage recovered October 7, 1975 (the following day). Registration N55105 cancelled by the FAA on March 4, 1976

Accident investigation:
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: OAK76AP015
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: OAK76AP015 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=50785&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=55105
3. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/ca/N55105/

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
29-Nov-2016 19:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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