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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43830
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BDOG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Bulldog 120
Registration: N706X
MSN: BH 120/355
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:So Lake Tahoe, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:So Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL)
Destination airport:Palo Alto, CA (PAO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot and his passenger departed for a flight across the Sierra Nevada mountain range to a destination on the California coast. According to the surviving passenger, the pilot intended to follow a highway through the mountains; however, he experienced difficulty in climbing high enough to clear the terrain. He elected to circle, to gain sufficient altitude to pass over a mountain summit. During the circling climb, the pilot flew south into even higher mountainous terrain. The airplane was unable to climb or maintain altitude, and struck a tree with the right wing. The airplane came to rest inverted in a pasture. No evidence was found of a preimpact mechanical malfunction or failure during examination of the airframe and engine.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from objects and the mountainous terrain.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Dec-2017 18:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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