ASN Aircraft accident Armstrong Whitworth AW-650 Argosy 101 N601Z Pique, OH
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 14 October 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic aw65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Armstrong Whitworth AW-650 Argosy 101
Operator:Zantop Air Transport
Registration: N601Z
MSN: 6659
First flight: 1960-11-19 (4 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:10768
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 526
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) S of Pique, OH (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Madison-Truax Field, WI (MSN/KMSN), United States of America
Destination airport:Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO/KFFO), United States of America
Argosy N601Z departed Madison-Truax Field at 16:10 for a flight to Patterson AFB. During the in-range descent all engines lost power as a result of fuel exhaustion. The aircraft descended and collided with supporting pylons of a highway (Interstate 75) overpass and an automobile after landing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S): "Fuel exhaustion caused by the failure of the crew to compute and maintain an accurate fuel record."

» NTSB File 1-0077
» San Bernardino Sun 15 October 1965, p2


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Distance from Madison-Truax Field, WI to Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH as the crow flies is 570 km (356 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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