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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13886
Last updated: 11 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Charles E.Ratlin
Registration: N1495X
MSN: 34-7570226
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Zephyr Cove, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Las Vegas, Nevada
Destination airport:So.Lake Tahoe, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Written off (destroyed) October 26, 1975 when crashed near Zephyr Cove, Nevada: both persons on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. Accident appears to have been a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) as the aircraft collided with trees while descending to land. Aircraft destroyed when it caught fire after the crash impact. The cause of the accident was attributed to "pilot fatigue"

Aircraft initially posted as "missing", until wreckage recovered on October 27, 1975.


1. NTSB Identification: OAK76AP023 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
29-Nov-2016 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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