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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.
Piper PA-31 Navajo
|Owner/operator:||Eagle Commuter Airlines Inc|
|C/n / msn:|| 31-7552046|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 10|
|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)|
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.
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
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
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