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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13572
Last updated: 31 July 2015
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Date:21-MAR-1980
Time:19:49
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Owner/operator:Eagle Commuter Airlines Inc
Registration: N59932
C/n / msn: 31-7552046
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:William P Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:William P Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas (HOU/KHOU)
Destination airport:Brownwood Regional Airport, Brownwood, Texas (BWD/KBWD)
Narrative:
On March 21, 1980, at 19:49 hours local, Eagle Commuter Airlines, Inc., Flight 108, a PA-31-350, with ten persons on board: a pilot, a pilot-in-command trainee, and eight passengers, crashed on takeoff from runway 22 at William P. Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas. The pilot, the pilot-in-command trainee, and five passengers were killed, and three passengers were injured seriously. The aircraft was destroyed by the crash and the post-crash fire.

The aircraft, which made a normal takeoff, was about 278 lb over its maximum weight. Passengers reported surging and popping noises from an engine when the aircraft was about 50 feet above the runway. The Crew reported to the tower controller they had lost the right engine. They also reported that the aircraft veered to the right. entered a shallow dive, and crashed on an airport parking ramp. During the crash sequence, the aircraft struck two other aircraft and four cars before hitting a hangar.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was a power loss in the right engine for undetermined reasons at a critical point in the takeoff phase, the aircraft's marginal single-engine performance capability, and the captain's immediate landing on the remaining runway, or to configure the aircraft properly for the engine-out incorrect emergency response to the engine power loss when he failed either to land condition.

Sources:
1. NTSB Identification: FTW80AA057 at http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=32426&key=0&queryId=e3b9f782-5520-45c3-8b75-fe48e5d3ef01&pgno=2&pgsize=200
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=59932
3. http://www.airdisaster.com/reports/ntsb/AAR81-04.pdf
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/tx/N59932/
5. http://baaa-acro.maleo.net/1980/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-houston-7-killed/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
11-May-2015 09:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2015 09:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
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