Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N922ER,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39548
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Date:Sunday 6 September 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Registration: N922ER
MSN: 4496009
Total airframe hrs:1724 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB/KDAB), FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Daytona Beach International Airport, FL (DAB)
Destination airport:Daytona Beach International Airport, FL (DAB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On September 6, 1998, about 2323 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-44-180, N922ER, registered to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, crashed on runway 7 left at Daytona Beach International Airport, Daytona Beach, Florida, while on a Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was destroyed and the commercial-rated pilot was fatally injured. The flight originated from Daytona Beach, the same day, about 2304.

The pilot gained unauthorized access to the aircraft and departed the airport followed a short time later by a request to ATC for an ILS approach to runway 7 left. As the flight approached the runway it was observed at a high altitude and when questioned if he could get down and land, the pilot reported 'this will be my final landing.' Witnesses observed the aircraft fly over the end of the runway at about 600 feet and then descend in a nose low attitude until impact with the runway. Engine power was observed to go to full power as the aircraft descended. The pilot was observed to have consumed alcohol beverages prior to the accident and was found to have a alcohol level of .15 g/dl in the liver. The pilot left a note stating 'I do not want to live.' The Medical Examiners Office ruled the manner of death as suicide.

Probable Cause: The pilot's use of the aircraft to commit suicide.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Download report: Final report


Photos: NTSB

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
13-Oct-2022 10:32 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Category, Accident report, Photo]
13-Oct-2022 10:32 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]
13-Oct-2022 10:32 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]
13-Oct-2022 10:33 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]

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