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NTSB Final Report: Piper PA32

Wreckage… Was Spread Over A Distance Of 0.8 Miles… Consistent With An In-Flight Break-Up Analysis: The non-instrument-rated pilot was in cruise flight when he advised the air traffic controller that he was looking at his cockpit weather radar display and requested a deviation between what he described as a gap between radar echoes. The airplane subsequently transitioned through echoes consistent with areas of light, moderate, heavy, and then extreme precipitation before track data depicted a steep, descending right turn that continued until contact with the airplane was lost in the vicinity of the accident site.

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