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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13501
Last updated: 21 September 2017
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Date:19-JUN-1971
Time:08:07 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: XB-RIG
C/n / msn: 30-1029
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Baer Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Wayne County Airport, Detroit, Michigan (DTW/KDTW)
Destination airport:San Antonio International Airport, San Antonio, Texas (SAT/KSAT)
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) June 19, 1971 when stalled and spun into the ground at Bear Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana (at approximate co ordinates 4058′42″ N, 8511′ 43″ W) whilst en route between Detroit, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas: aircraft observed spinning out of clouds in nose down attitude during thunderstorm. Both persons on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT DECISIONS OR PLANNING - CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS - SPATIAL DISORIENTATION
FACTOR(S)
WEATHER - TURBULENCE, ASSOCIATED W/CLOUDS AND/OR THUNDERSTORMS - THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY"

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: CHI71AC091 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=59824&key=0
2. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/in/XB-RIG/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
28-Jan-2017 23:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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