Event Details


Title:Flight into terrain, Big Island Air flight 58, Piper PA-31-350, N411WL, near Volcano, Hawaii, September 25, 1999
Micro summary:This Piper PA-31-350 crashed into the Mauna Loa volcano during a sightseeing flight.
Event Time:1999-09-25 at 1726 Hawaiian standard time
File Name:1999-09-25-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB/AAB-01-02
Pages:12
Site of event:Northeast slope of Mauna Loa
Latitude/Longitude:Point of impact N1930.823' W15528.790; final N19 30.862', W15528.785'
Departure:Keahole-Kona International Airport (KOA), Kona, Hawaii, USA
Destination:Keahole-Kona International Airport (KOA), Kona, Hawaii, USA
Airplane Type(s):Piper PA-31-350
Flight Phase:Cruise
Registration(s):N411WL
Operator(s):Big Island Air
Type of flight:Revenue
Occupants:10
Fatalities:10
Serious Injuries:0
Minor/Non-Injured:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On September 25, 1999, about 1726 Hawaiian standard time, Big Island Air flight 58, a Piper PA-31-350 (Chieftain), N411WL, crashed on the northeast slope of the Mauna Loa volcano, near Volcano, Hawaii. The pilot and all nine passengers on board were killed, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The sightseeing tour flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as an on-demand air taxi operation. A visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed, and visual meteorological conditions (VMC) existed at the Keahole-Kona International Airport (KOA), Kona, Hawaii, from which the airplane departed about 1622. The investigation determined that instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed in the vicinity of the accident site.

Learning Keywords:Operations - Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Consequence - Hull Loss
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