NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-18-135

The Pilot Initiated A Go-Around When The Airplane Was Not Aligned With The Runway On June 20, 2021, at 1440 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-18-135, N2618A, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near White City, Oregon. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A friend of the pilot reported that the pilot departed from Bend, Oregon, around 1415, en route to Beagle Sky Ranch Airport (OR96), White City, Oregon, where he was to meet the pilot. The friend reported that he observed the airplane initially enter the pattern on the left downwind for runway 33; however, the pilot initiated a go-around when the airplane was not aligned with the runway.

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