Sun, Dec 10, 2006
IMC Conditions Prevailed At The Time Of Accident
An amateur-built Bakeng Duce (file photo of type
below) experimental aircraft that crashed last October near
South Boston, VA was flying in instrument meteorological conditions
according to the NTSB.
The report says the aircraft impacted trees and terrain at
dusk on October 22 killing the pilot and sole occupant.
The pilot was reportedly flying from Pace Airport in Ridgeway,
VA to Rockingham County Airport in Reidsville, NC under 14 CFR Part
129. No flight plan was on file for the flight.
Witnesses told an FAA inspector the plane attempted an approach
to an ultra-light field, but "appeared to be blown off course,
climbed out, banked hard to the right, and crashed into a wooded
The wreckage wasn't found until two days later.
The FAA inspector conducting the initial inspection of the
wreckage said the aircraft was lying on its right side with broken
tree branches directly overhead.
The aircraft's wings, fuel tanks and forward fuselage were
destroyed; its engine was partially buried in the ground.
On the application for his latest third-class medical issued in
June this year, the private pilot reported 300 hours total
The National Weather Service reported 100-foot ceilings with fog
and five miles visibility at the time of the accident.
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