Preliminary Report: Caravan pilot did not get WX briefing

 - November 30, 2007, 11:39 AM

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, Naches, Wash., Oct. 7, 2007–The commercial pilot and nine passengers died when the Caravan crashed in the mountains near Naches, at 7:59 p.m. No flight plan was filed for the flight from Star, Idaho, to Shelton, Wash., and the pilot did not obtain a weather briefing. There was an airmet for icing, low-level turbulence and mountain obscuration. The nearest reporting station, Yakima, Wash., had VMC but IMC prevailed at the accident site, according to a hunter on the ground, who reported cloud bases below the mountain tops with misty rain conditions and low visibility. Having seen the airplane’s lights and heard a “thud,” he called local officials. The passengers were members of a Washington skydiving club.