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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35206
Last updated: 19 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-235
Registration: N712DB
MSN: 28-10604
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Okeechobee, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:(OBE)
Destination airport:Sebring, FL (SEF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The noninstrument-rated pilot departed on a VFR flight in instrument flight conditions. Witnesses observed the airplane flying towards their location below the tree line following a creek. The ceiling was estimated at about 200 feet, patchy ground fog, with limited forward visibility. The airplane was observed to pitch up in about a 45-degree nose high attitude prior to reaching a levee. The airplane made a steep right turn estimated at a 90-degree angle of bank. The right wingtip collided with a tree separating the right wing tip. The airplane cartwheeled about its longitudinal axis to the left colliding with trees and terrain inverted. CAUSE: the noninstrument-rated pilot's decision to conduct a VFR flight into instrument meteorological flight conditions. The weather was a factor.



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24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added

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