Accident Piper PA-34-200 Seneca N1495X, Sunday 26 October 1975
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Date:Sunday 26 October 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Charles E.Ratlin
Registration: N1495X
MSN: 34-7570226
Year of manufacture:1975
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Zephyr Cove, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Las Vegas, Nevada
Destination airport:So.Lake Tahoe, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (destroyed) October 26, 1975 when crashed near Zephyr Cove, Nevada: both persons on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. Accident appears to have been a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) as the aircraft collided with trees while descending to land. Aircraft destroyed when it caught fire after the crash impact. The cause of the accident was attributed to "pilot fatigue"

Aircraft initially posted as "missing", until wreckage recovered on October 27, 1975.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: OAK76AP023
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


1. NTSB Identification: OAK76AP023 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
29-Nov-2016 19:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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