Accident at 35 MI E Modesto, California


1995-02-11: The pilot and only occupant of a Canadian registered Piper 28 departed Yuma Arizona VFR to Redding, California on February 10, 1995. At 2338Z (1538 PST) the pilot landed the aircraft on a highway west of Sonora, CA because of low ceilings and reduced visibilities in rain and fog. The pilot parked the aircraft off the side of the highway and advised California Highway Patrol at Sonora of his problem. The next day February 11, 1995 at 2044 UTC the aircraft departed Highway 108 with California Highway Patrol in attendance. At 2050 the aircraft crashed in a sloping pasture after ground witnesses described the engine sputtering, catching and quitting altogether. The pilot was fatally injured in the subsequent forced landing and the aircraft was destroyed. Clear skies were reported at the time of the accident. Carburetor icing or water in the fuel is the suspected cause of the engine power interruption.


CADORS Number 1995C0039
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By
Occurred At 1995-02-11 - 20:50
Day or Night?
Fatalities 1
Injuries 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location the United States of America, North America, National Capital Region (NCR), 35 MI E Modesto, California
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Categories System/component failure or malfunction [powerplant]

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration
Occurrence Type Accident
Owner Private
Operator Private
Make  Silhouette image of PIPER
Model PA 28
Year Built
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Engine Make
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Gear Type
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Phase of Flight Unknown
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 1
Injuries 0
Events Engine - malfunction

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