Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Piper PA-22-150, N3664Z: Fatal accident occurred August 09, 2017 near San Miguel Ranch Airport (NM53), Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


NTSB Identification: CEN17FA315 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 09, 2017 in Las Vegas, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-150, registration: N3664Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 9, 2017, about 1025 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-23-150 airplane, N3664Z, impacted terrain near Las Vegas, New Mexico. The private pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The cross-country flight departed Dalhart, Texas, and was en route to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The airplane was reported overdue and a search was conducted. The wreckage was located in mountainous terrain on August 13. Impact signatures were consistent with the airplane striking trees before impacting terrain. The right wing was separated from the airplane and wrapped around a large tree. The remainder of the wreckage came to inverted.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Sunday, New Mexico State Police, in conjunction with Search and Rescue, located a downed aircraft north of State Road 104, near Trementina, in eastern San Miguel County. An elderly man was found deceased inside.

Saturday evening, around 9 p.m., a Federal Notice to Airmen management system employee notified the New Mexico State Police of a possible downed aircraft in San Miguel County.  The plane had departed from Texas three or four days prior. A family member of the pilot contacted NOTAM because the pilot had not checked in with the family.

GPS coordinates placed the aircraft near a private runway in a rural location of San Miguel County. A representative from the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center reported it appeared the plane crashed near the runway.

A search and rescue mission was promptly initiated, but the plane wreckage wasn’t located until around 11 a.m. Sunday in a rugged mountainous area, roughly a mile from the runway.  

The Office of the Medical Investigator is still working to identify the deceased. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.


Anonymous said...

I believe the pilot is Michael Daniel Shaver of Groveland CA.
He was an experience AP & IA and had worked on my airplane many times.
Great loss - will miss him - RIP.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Mr. Shaver.
Fly Well!
Until we meet again....