NTSB Identification: ATL05FA011.
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Accident occurred Monday, October 25, 2004 in Aiken, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Beech BE-P35, registration: N32AB
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

Upon arriving in the Aiken area, the pilot was cleared for the GPS Runway 06 approach by Air Traffic Control. The airplane collided with trees about 4,175 feet short of runway 06 and about 340 feet left of the published inbound approach course. The airport manager estimated the Aiken weather at the time of the accident was at 200- foot ceiling with 1/4-mile visibility. The GPS Runway 06 approach plate showed that the Minimum Decent Altitude (MDA) was 900 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) or 386 feet Above Ground Level (AGL), and the minimum weather conditions required to land was 400-foot ceiling with one statute mile of visibility. There were no mechanical problems reported by the pilot or discovered during the post-accident examination of the airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot’s failure to follow IFR procedures, and continued flight below the minimum descent altitude and collided with trees.

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