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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13822
Last updated: 16 May 2020
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Date:01-APR-1977
Time:13:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32R-300 Lance
Owner/operator:Environmental Synergenetics Inc
Registration: N6127J
C/n / msn: 32R-7680308
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Commerce, Hunt County, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Cox Field, Paris, Lamar County, Texas (PRX/KPRX)
Destination airport:Memorial Field Airport, Hot Springs, Arkansas (HOT/KHOT)
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) when crashed near Commerce, Texas, on April 1, 1977; all six persons on board (pilot and five passengers) were killed. According to the NTSB report, the primary cause of the accident was a structural failure in flight, with the airframe breaking apart whilst flying in thunderstorm conditions:

"TYPE OF ACCIDENT
AIRFRAME FAILURE: IN FLIGHT, UNCONTROLLED DESCENT
PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - INITIATED FLIGHT IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, SPATIAL DISORIENTATION, EXCEEDED DESIGNED STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT"

The aircraft was fairly new at the time of the accident, having been first registered as N6127J on March 18, 1977, less than two weeks earlier. The registration N6127J was only belatedly cancelled by the FAA on August 8, 2013 - 36 years later!

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW77FA048 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=56493&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=6127J
3. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/tx/N6127J/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
15-Sep-2017 22:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Sep-2017 22:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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