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N521DS accident description

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Crash location 41.065000°N, 124.169723°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Arcata, CA
40.866517°N, 124.082840°W
14.4 miles away

Tail number N521DS
Accident date 01 Mar 2009
Aircraft type Diamond Aircraft Ind Inc DA-40
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On March 1, 2009, at 2257 Pacific standard time, a Diamond DA-40, N521DS, was lost from radar while executing an RNAV (GPS) approach to runway 14 at Arcata Airport, Arcata/Eureka, California. A search for the airplane, which was over the Pacific Ocean at the time it was lost from radar, was initiated on March 2. On March 5, small portions of the airplane's structure were located on the beach about six miles north of the last radar hit. The commercial pilot and his passenger have not been found, and are assumed to have been killed in the accident sequence. The airplane, which departed Bakersfield, California, about three and one-half hours prior to the accident, was registered to Mitchell Enterprises Inc., and was being operated by the pilot under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot filed and activated an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan from Bakersfield to Arcata. There was no report of an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal.

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