NTSB Identification: CEN10FA557
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 23, 2010 in Woodruff, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-44-180, registration: N570ER
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 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.

On September 23, 2010, about 2013 central daylight time (cdt), a Piper PA-44-180 airplane, N570ER, piloted by a commercial pilot, was destroyed during impact with the Trout River, near Woodruff, Wisconsin. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and his passenger were fatality injured. The personal flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 while on an instrument flight plan. The accident flight departed Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR), near Sugar Grove, Illinois, at 1820 cdt, and was en route to Lakeland Airport (KARV), near Woodruff, Wisconsin.

Air traffic control data indicated that the accident flight had been cleared for the global positioning system (GPS) runway 18 instrument approach into KARV when the accident occurred. The last radar contact was recorded at 2012:28 about 6.5 miles north of the airport. The accident site was located about 6.0 miles north of the airport.

The destination airport was equipped with an automated surface observing system (ASOS) that recorded historical weather conditions.

At 1955 cdt, the KARV ASOS reported the following weather conditions: Wind 210 degrees true at 12 knots, gusting 19 knots; visibility 5 miles with heavy drizzle; overcast ceiling at 900 feet above ground level (agl); temperature 21 degrees Celsius; dew point 20 degrees Celsius; altimeter setting 29.51 inches of mercury.

At 2015 cdt, the KARV ASOS reported the following weather conditions: Wind 210 degrees true at 14 knots, gusting 20 knots; visibility 5 miles with light rain; broken ceiling at 900 feet agl, overcast ceiling 1,400 agl; temperature 21 degrees Celsius; dew point 20 degrees Celsius; altimeter setting 29.51 inches of mercury.

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