- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: September 25, 1999
Time: c 17:25
Location: Mt. Mauna Loa, Hawaii
Operator: Big Island Airlines
Flight #: 58
Route: Sightseeing
AC Type: Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Registration: N411WL
cn / ln: 31-8352039
Aboard: 10   (passengers:9  crew:1)
Fatalities: 10   (passengers:9  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The sightseeing plane crashed on the northeast slopes of Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawaii at an altitude of about 10,500 feet. The pilot's decision to continue visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) in an area of cloud-covered mountainous terrain. Contributing to the accident were the pilot's failure to properly navigate and his disregard for standard operating procedures, including flying into IMC while on a visual flight rules flight plan and failure to obtain a current preflight weather briefing.
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