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Tail numberN144L
Accident dateMay 22, 2009
Aircraft typeLanham Lancair IV
LocationSeligman, AZ
Near 35.096111 N, -112.966389 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On May 22, 2009, about 2330 mountain standard time, an experimental Lanham Lancair IV, N144L, crashed under unknown circumstances in mountainous desert terrain near Seligman, Arizona. The pilots operated the borrowed airplane under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal cross-country flight. Both the student rated pilot and certificated flight instructor were killed, and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the night flight that departed Hillsboro, Oregon, at 2030 Pacific daylight time, with a planned destination of Scottsdale Airport (SDL), Scottsdale, Arizona. An instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed.

According to the FAA, the last contact with the pilots was at 2330. Albuquerque (ZAB) Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) had given the pilot a clearance to descend from 20,000 feet to 16,000 feet. The pilot read back the descent instructions, and that was the last contact ABQ Center personnel.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety located the accident site at 0500 on May 23.

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