Accident Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II YU-DCX, Thursday 10 December 2020
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Date:Thursday 10 December 2020
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II
Owner/operator:STS Aviation
Registration: YU-DCX
MSN: 28-7916053
Year of manufacture:1978
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Omarska -   Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Banja Luka Airport (BNX/LQBK)
Destination airport:Banja Luka Airport (BNX/LQBK)
Investigating agency: MKT
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft carrying animal vaccines crashed into a wooded area, killing both occupants.

Causes of the accident
Based on the conducted investigation and analysis of collected evidence and available information about the accident of the PIPER PA-28A aircraft with registration mark YU-DCX, the Commission has concluded:
The primary cause of the accident was the loss of control of the aircraft and its entry into an improper position, caused by the uncontrolled entry of the aircraft into a cloud mass and the loss of visual contact with the ground.

The accident was influenced by:
a) Insufficient training and experience of the pilot for flying over mountainous terrain and in conditions of rapid changes in weather conditions;
b) Inadequate assessment of the meteorological situation when making the decision to fly;
c) Psychological state of the pilot caused by stress from previous flights;
d) Inadequate knowledge of the airport area and flying procedures;
e) Inadequate crew training planning and implementation;
f) Loss of communication between the pilot and air traffic control during the flight;
g) The pilot's decision to attempt the approach for landing in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) due to insufficient training for instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) flying;
h) Radio communication during the critical period was completely obscured by transmissions from the control tower and other aircraft due to excessive and undisciplined use;
i) Failure to warn the crew about the deterioration of weather conditions during the approach to landing;
j) Neglecting the aircraft controller in the control zone (CTR) and approach, who was not contacted for almost 8 minutes;
k) The company's policy, "STS Avijacije," to achieve business plans at the cost of increased risk and reduced safety level;
l) Limited capabilities of monitoring the situation in the airspace/CTR under deteriorating weather conditions;
m) Failure to warn the crew about the deterioration of weather conditions during the approach and landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MKT
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Sources: (photo)

Revision history:

11-Dec-2020 08:33 gerard57 Added
11-Dec-2020 12:36 Brc Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source]
11-Dec-2020 18:06 Geno Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
11-Dec-2020 19:19 Brc Updated [Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Dec-2020 19:50 gerard57 Updated [Damage]
11-Dec-2020 20:52 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 01:08 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
25-Oct-2021 07:02 Anon. Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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