C182 Impacted Mountain After Cancelling IFR
Aero-News was saddened
to learn this week of the loss of Paul Marchisotto, a
vice-president with Northrop Grumman, as well as his wife and
daughter in an apparent CFIT accident in northern California over
Memorial Day weekend.
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Press the
family's Cessna 182 (file photo of type, above) impacted Magee
Peak, an 8,550-foot peak in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area
about 50 miles north of Redding, last Saturday. The aircraft was en
route from Long Beach to Fall River Mills in Shasta County.
The FAA Preliminary Report on the accident shows Marchisotto had
been on an IFR flight plan, but cancelled IFR shortly after being
told by ATC to climb to 9000 feet. The plane remained under VFR
Rescuers were flown in by helicopter Monday to recover the
bodies of Marchisotto's wife, Linda -- who also worked at Northrop
-- and daughter, Amy, Monday. They returned Tuesday to attempt to
recover Marchisotto's body, CHP Officer Jason Watenpaugh said.
Paul Marchisotto had worked at Northrop Grumman for more than 20
years, and led several programs overseeing the B-2 stealth bomber
and F-35 JSF. Most recently, Marchisotto led an advanced systems
and technology team in Northrop's integrated systems division.
The Northrop website shows Marchisotto was attached to the
Global Hawk and Hawkeye UAV programs, among others.
Linda Marchisotto was a senior materials and process engineer in
Northrop's space technology division, according to company
spokesman John Hart.
Northrop sector president Scott Seymour said Marchisotto
was "passionate about his family, his friends, his work and his
co-workers. His death is a huge personal loss to us as his extended
** Report created 6/2/2006 Record
Make/Model: C182 Description: 182,
Date: 05/29/2006 Time: 1530
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: REDDING State: CA Country:
THE AIRCRAFT MADE ATC CONTACT AT 6000' IFR, AIRCRAFT WAS
TOLD TO EXPECT
HIGHER NORTH OF RBL. ATC ISSUED A CLIMB TO 9000 AND AIRCRAFT
REMAINED FOR FLIGHT FOLLOWING. NO OTHER ATC INVOLVEMENT
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 2 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: ROD 1953Z 26009K 10SM SCT 060 20/00 A2989
Activity: Pleasure Phase:
Unknown Operation: General
Dep Date: 05/27/2006 Dep.
Flt Plan: BOTH (IFR/ Wx Briefing: U
Last Radio Cont: 1944Z AIRCRAFT ADVISED CLIMBINT TO 10,500
HDG 355 DEGREES.
Last Clearance: CANCELLED IFR REMAIN ON PRESENT CODE FOR
FAA FSDO: SACRAMENTO, CA
Entry date: 05/30/2006