NTSB Identification: WPR13FA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 09, 2012 in Laramie Peak, WY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-301T, registration: N110UM
Injuries: 4 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 October 9, 2012, about 1344 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga II, N110UM, collided with mountainous terrain near the summit of Laramie Peak about 51 miles southeast of Casper, Wyoming. The private pilot and 3 passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to one of the passengers and operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the departure and destination airports. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Marshall, Texas (KASL) about 0820 central daylight time. The pilot’s planned destination was Casper, Wyoming, with an intermediate fuel stop in Dodge City, Kansas. The pilot departed Dodge City about 1130 CDT.
On October 9, family members alerted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the pilot was overdue at his planned destination; that evening an alert notice (ALNOT) for the missing airplane was issued. On October 11, search and rescue personnel discovered the wreckage about 150 feet below the summit of Laramie Peak.
The wreckage was located on the southeast (upslope) side of the Laramie Peak about 150 feet below the summit. The summit of Laramie Peak is the highest obstruction between the wreckage and the destination airport.
Weather in the area during the timeframe of the accident included low clouds and mountain obscuration. An AIRMET (Airman’s Meteorological Information) for mountain obscuration was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for the area and timeframe of the accident.
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