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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 42885
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Date:03-APR-1982
Time:13:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza
Owner/operator:W F Thompson
Registration: N4382W
C/n / msn: E-532
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Darien, GA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:New Bern, NC
Destination airport:Palatha, FL
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT FILED A VFR FLIGHT PLAN, BUT DID NOT ACTIVATE IT AFTER TAKEOFF. WHILE EN ROUTE, HE ENCOUNTERED DETERIORATING WEATHER AND OBTAINED AN IFR CLEARANCE. AS HE CONTINUED, HE ENTERED AN AREA OF THUNDERSTORMS, TURBULENCE, AND HEAVY RAIN. AS THE PILOT WAS ABOUT TO DEPART THE AREA OF BAD WEATHER, THE AIRCRAFT TURNED NEARLY 180 DEGREES AND BEGAN HEADING TOWARD THE EDGE OF A THUNDERSTORM. THE PILOT WAS ADVISED OF HIS HEADING DEVIATION AND WAS PROVIDED A VECTOR AWAY FROM THE STORM AND BACK ON COURSE. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, TWO WITNESSES ON THE GROUND HEARD AN AIRCRAFT IN THE SAME AREA. THEY REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE WAS REVVING AS IF THE PLANE WAS DIVING UP AND DOWN. BOTH REPORTED THAT THE PLANE SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS LEAVING THE AREA, THEN IT RETURNED AND CIRCLED BEFORE CRASHING. THE PLANE IMPACTED IN A RIGHT BANK, NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. AFTER IMPACT, THE WRECKAGE SCATTERED OVER A 200 BY 400 FT AREA. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO PRECRASH FAILURES. CAUSE:

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20020917X01746


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Nov-2017 20:36 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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