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Tail numberN20822
Accident dateApril 24, 2009
Aircraft typeValentin Taifun 17 E Ii
LocationMammoth Lakes, CA
Near 37.78 N, -118.955833 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On April 24, 2009, at an unknown time, an experimental Valentin Taifun 17 E II motor-glider, N20822, collided with terrain under unknown circumstances near Mammoth Lakes, California. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certificated private pilot and one passenger were killed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage from impact forces. The cross-country personal flight departed Tonopah, Nevada, about 1500, with a planned destination of Modesto, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at Mammoth Lakes, the nearest reporting station, and no flight plan had been filed.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notice (ALNOT) after family members notified them of the overdue airplane. The Civil Air Patrol discovered the wreckage on May 1, 2009.

An FAA inspector examined the accident scene. He noted wing pieces at the base of several trees with broken branches. The main wreckage was in the bottom of a gully at an elevation of about 8,000 feet, and the debris path was on a 315-degree heading.

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