Date & Time: Nov 17, 2012 at 1810 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-46 (Malibu/Meridian/Mirage/Matrix/M-Class)
Landing (descent or approach)
High Level – La Crete
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
While descending to La Crete Airport, the pilot encountered foggy conditions and the visibility dropped to 100 metres. By night, the single engine aircraft descended too low, impacted ground and crashed in a snow covered field located few km northeast of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot, sole on board, was killed.
It was determined that the pilot continued the descent under VFR mode in IMC conditions, resulting in a controlled flight into terrain.