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Mtflyer

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A few weeks ago I headed out to the Mojave National Preserve to search for the Piper PA-28-140 N1681J that crashed in the Providence Mountains on April 17, 1988. This was my third attempt over a period of about ten years that I tried to locate the site. I was able to find a newspaper article of the accident which gave me a clue which helped, mainly the altitude of the crash site. Photos of the site are HERE


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Great job as usual Joe.
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Great perseverance, Joe!
Sad, no way out of that corner for him.
Is that canyon oriented north-south like a big fly catcher for west-bound planes?

-Chris B.
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Thanks Brad and Chris, this site turned out to have more wreckage remaining than I was expecting.

The canyon runs northwest-southeast. The top was 1,500 feet above the crash site and there were heavy downdrafts on the lee side of the mountain at the time.


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From the L.A. Times:
Bodies of Missing Simi Valley Pilots Believed Found

April 28, 1988|RENE ROMO | Times Staff Writer
 
 

Two bodies, believed to be those of a missing Simi Valley couple, were pulled from the wreckage of a plane clinging to a slope in the Providence Mountains on Wednesday, the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said.

Thirteen members of the sheriff's Vertical Rock and Alpine Team climbed 250 feet down the steep granite slope to the wreckage of the single-engine Piper Cherokee 140, authorities said.

Inside, team members found the bodies of a man and a woman, said department spokesman Jim Bryant. Late Wednesday, the San Bernardino County coroner's office had not determined their identities, but Bryant said they are believed to be Annie Cadoret, 48, and her husband, Dollard (Dell) Cadoret, 54, missing since April 17.

The registration number, usually painted near the tail of a plane, was "not distinguishable," Bryant said, making it impossible for investigators to determine immediately if the plane was the one flown by the Cadorets.

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"The plane was crumpled, and there was some fire that burned the number out," Bryant said. In addition, the recovery team could not find the plane's vehicle plate, usually located inside, which would have enabled them to confirm its ownership.

The bodies were lowered about 500 feet to a helicopter, flown off the mountain and driven to San Bernardino, authorities said.

8-Day Search

Searchers covered 8,000 square miles during an eight-day hunt for the couple's plane before the wreckage was sighted by the Civil Air Patrol on Monday, authorities said. Inclement weather Tuesday prevented a helicopter from reaching the site, about 5,000 feet up a 5,996-foot peak about 60 miles east of Barstow.

The search covered the area over which the Cadorets, both pilots, would have flown after they took off from Bullhead City, Ariz., the morning of April 17 en route to Whiteman Airport in Pacoima.

Rescuers found no sign of the poodle the couple was said to have had aboard the plane.


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Hi JR,

Thanks for posting the article, gives me a little more information on the accident and search. I'll update the info on my photos.

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The plane's "vehicle plate"? Gotta love the media's reporting. By the way, the aircraft data plate on that Piper would be on the outside of the aircraft near the tail section I believe.
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