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High Aspirations

Accident Case Study


On a hot summer afternoon, July 25, 2020, the pilot of N7677C—a normally aspirated Piper PA 32 Cherokee Lance—gets ready to depart South Valley Regional Airport, a small nontowered airport just southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. The pilot has planned a cross-country flight to Page, Arizona, and then a sightseeing flight over the Grand Canyon—a treat to cap his family’s Utah vacation.

Tablet: Compatible
Length: 14:15 mins
Topic: Aeronautical Decision Making, IFR Procedures
FAA WINGS: Not Eligible
Accident Forgiveness: Eligible

Join the AOPA Air Safety Institute as we examine the circumstances that led to the tragic outcome of the flight just minutes after takeoff. We look at factors that would affect the flight, including high-density altitude conditions.

The Accident Case Study series uses FAA ATC radio communication transcripts, NTSB documentation, and video animation to recreate accidents and share critical lessons, so we can recognize and avoid similar mistakes.

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