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|Accident date||June 30, 2009|
|Aircraft type||Piper Aircraft Inc PA-46-350P|
|Location||St George, UT
Near 37.141944 N, -113.933333 W
NTSB descriptionOn June 30, 2009, at 0808 mountain daylight time (0708 Pacific daylight time), a Piper PA-46-350P, N927GL, collided with mountainous terrain 16.3 miles west of St. George, Utah. The airplane was operated by the private pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91. The pilot was killed and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a VFR flight plan had been filed. The flight originated at North Las Vegas Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada, at 0651 Pacific time, and the intended destination was Cedar City, Utah.
Preliminary radar data indicates that the airplane departed North Los Vegas and climbed to an altitude of 9,600 feet mean sea level (msl) on a northeasterly heading. Immediately after reaching 9,600 feet msl, the data showed the target began a descent of approximately 1,000 feet per minute. The final radar return altitude was 5,200 feet msl. The course of the target was along a northeasterly line, consistent with a direct course to Cedar City.
The airplane wreckage was located by the Civil Air Patrol and Washington County Search and Rescue in the late afternoon of June 30th. The initial impact point was just below the crest of a small hill at 4,734 feet msl, and the main wreckage was located on a 30-degree slope of a large hill, approximately 460 feet northeast of the initial impact point. The bearing from the initial impact point to the main wreckage was 038 degrees (northeast direction). Cedar City lays on a 036-degree bearing from the accident site.
St George Airport is 16.3 nm east of the accident location. The airport’s automated weather observation system (AWOS) recorded on June 30, at 0715 PDT, that the sky was clear; visibility was 10 miles; and winds were 070 degrees at 3 knots.