Date & Time: Dec 8, 2004 at 1031 LT
Registration:
N1783U
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Topographic
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Las Vegas-Las Vegas
MSN:
207-0383
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1209
Captain / Total hours on type:
117
Aircraft flight hours:
12616
Circumstances:

The pilot left Las Vegas airport for a weather check flight in the region of Henderson. While cruising, the single engine aircraft struck a mountain located 42 km east of Henderson and was destroyed. The pilot was killed upon impact. At the time of the accident, the sky was broken at 4,500 and 20,000 feet. NTSB said that pilot lost control of the aircraft after the right elevator failed due to bad maintenance.