Sunday, February 10, 2019

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N6283P: Fatal accident occurred December 17, 2018 near Aberdeen Municipal Airport (U36), Bingham County, Idaho

Daniel Bert Angus
May 12th, 1976 ~ December 17th, 2018

Daniel Bert Angus flew his Piper PA-24-250 Comanche back to his Heavenly Father December 17th, 2018.  Recently he found a passion and talent for flying. His flight instructor said that all the other pilots instantly loved him because “of his eagerness and exuberance.” He learned to fly in a Cessna 152.

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Aberdeen, ID
Accident Number: WPR19FA042
Date & Time: 12/17/2018, 0755 MST
Registration: N6283P
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 17, 2018, about 0755 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-24-250 airplane, N6283P, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during takeoff from Aberdeen Municipal Airport (U36), Aberdeen, Idaho. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with an intended destination of Vernal, Utah.

Review of airport security camera video recordings revealed that the airplane departed runway 25, and entered a shallow climb, on a westerly heading. A short time later, the airplane descended in a near vertical manner, out of view of the camera. The wreckage was located about one hour following the accident by a nearby resident. There were no known witnesses to the accident.

The airplane impacted open terrain about 1,850 ft west of the departure end of runway 25. Wreckage debris remained within about 50 feet of the main impact point. All major structural components were located at the accident site, and the wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N6283P
Model/Series: PA-24-250
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPIH, 4478 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -10°C / -12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Aberdeen, ID (U36)
Destination: Vernal, UT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  42.920278, -112.894722

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