Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West

Piper PA-23



On March 12, 1971, Piper Apache N1488P took off shortly before 10a.m. from Arco, ID, bound for Boise.  A few miles south of  Arco, the PA-23 encountered blizzard conditions.  The pilot decided to return to Arco, but the aircraft suffered carburetor icing and loss of power to both engines.  The pilot attempted a wheels-up landing in snow-covered lava rock country.  The aircraft broke apart and burned on impact, but miraculously, pilot Pete Stavros and passengers John Brock and Jim Dartling, escaped with only minor injuries.  This crash site is located in Craters of the Moon National Monument.  Special thanks to John Apel for help with locating this aircraft.  Site visited 4/17/15.


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