Sad end for the Piper, but a lucky end for the occupants.
This plane (Piper PA28, EC-DSD) crashed in January 2009 while attempting to cross the mountain “Montaña de la Crucita” (6.761ft high) during VFR flight into IMC conditions resulting in an impact in the mountain at 5.700 feet, just 1.000 feet bellow its top.
The 3 occupants were injured and were rescued by the helicopter of the Guardia Civil. There were no fatalities.
The plane seems to be moved from its initial position and most of the parts are already missing.
The crash site is only 1 km from the road, but the access is difficult. On the images you can see the slope of the mountain and the surroundings; I´ve attached the plane´s route as well.
You can park your car at the Mirador de la Crucita and start walking from there:
Source: Ministerio de Fomento/Spanish Ministry of Development.
On the 22nd of march 2019 the plane was transported by a helicopter to a scrap yard, where it will be scrapped by a company Rimetal. This was her final flight after 10 years on the mountain.
Safe flying everyone!
Survivors were extremely lucky. Looks like the pilot pulled up at the last minute and crashed uphill! I used to teach my students never to point directly at a hill but always to approach obliquely. Just thinking, were they caught in a downdraft?
How is the studying and exam taking going? Builders gone now so will be sending you a sample PDF tomorrow to give you some ideas. Will also have a request list of your pics.
On 24 September 2017 at 13:35, Stan’s blog – Sharing (not only) my flying experiences… wrote:
> Stan posted: “Sad end for the Piper, but a lucky end for the occupants. > This plane (Piper PA28, EC-DSD) crashed in January 2009 while attempting > to cross the mountain “Montaña de la Crucita” (6.761ft high) during VFR > flight into IMC conditions resulting in an impact” >
Thank you John,
Yes, they were extremely lucky!
Looking forward to the masterpiece!
All the best,
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