NTSB Identification: WPR12FA395
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 03, 2012 in Murtaugh, ID
Aircraft: SKYKITS USA CORP SAVANNAH ADV, registration: N9764J
Injuries: 1 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 3, 2012, about 1230 mountain daylight time (MDT), a Skykits USA Corp Savannah ADV, N9764J, collided with terrain near Murtaugh, Idaho. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The local personal flight departed Twin Falls, Idaho, about 1200. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot had indicated to family members that he was going to fly up to his mountain ranch property to check on his cattle following a fire. When he did not return, the family reported him overdue at 1300, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT). The wreckage was discovered about 2235 MDT.

The airplane came to rest nose down in a stand of willow trees in a marshy area. The cabin area was crushed aft, and the leading edges of the wings were in contact with the ground. The fuselage buckled 90° aft of the cabin so that the empennage was in a horizontal upright position. An FAA inspector established control continuity for the rudder and elevators to the crushed cabin are. The ailerons remained connected.

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