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After The Accident: Mysteries Surround Bonanza Found Eight Months After It Went Missing

Twenty-five years after the NTSB published its final report on the crash, questions remain.

The spot in the Mojave Desert 20 miles north of Baker, California, where a Bonanza F-33 was found eight months after going missing.
The spot in the Mojave Desert 20 miles north of Baker, California, where a Bonanza F-33 was found eight months after going missing.
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Just before midnight on July 25, 1993, the owner of a Beechcraft F33A Bonanza, registration number N3022W, called the FAA to report that one of his airplanes, which he had lent to a friend a few days prior, was missing. That friend had flown the plane, along with his wife and a daughter, departing from Camarillo Airport in Southern California on a Thursday to attend a large family reunion in Roosevelt, Utah, a small town located in the eastern high country of Utah at an elevation of 5,000 feet. 

That same family trio boarded the Bonanza again on Sunday for the return VFR trip to Camarillo in lovely summer weather. In one of several unusual details in the NSTB report, the pilot, a 54-year-old CFI/CFII with a couple of hundred hours in Bonanzas and Debonairs, telephoned the Camarillo Tower from Utah to tell personnel there of his planned return at 7 p.m. He alerted them that, “he might have a problem transmitting on his communications radios,” though there was no indication he had any trouble with the comm radios on the day of his departure. 

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