Last Recorded ADS-B Target Was Located About .46 Miles Northwest Of The Accident Site

Location: Buffalo, WY Accident Number: WPR22FA253
Date & Time: July 14, 2022, 12:31 Local Registration: N731BJ
Aircraft: Cessna P210N Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On July 14, 2022, about 1231 mountain daylight time, a Cessna P210N, N731BJ, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Buffalo, Wyoming. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Recorded Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed the airplane departed from Powell Municipal Airport, (POY) Powell, Wyoming, and progressed along a southeasterly course, while it ascended to 17,450 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane remained at that altitude for about 9 minutes, 17 seconds until it descended to 15,400 ft msl for about 12 seconds. The data showed that about 2 seconds later, the airplane ascended to 15,575 ft msl, which was followed by a descent to 14,500 ft msl for the last 4 seconds of recorded ADS-B data. The last recorded ADS-B target was located about .46 miles northwest of the accident site. 

According to local law enforcement, fire crews, who were responding to reports of a wildland fire, located the wreckage of the airplane about 1400, within rugged mountainous terrain about 14 miles west-northwest of Johnson County Airport, (BYG) Buffalo, Wyoming. The wreckage was contained within an approximate 30-yard by 50-yard area and mostly consumed by fire. There are no known witnesses to the accident sequence. 

The wreckage will be relocated to a secure location for further examination.