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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13585
Last updated: 20 January 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Owner/operator:Sheldon P Weitzman
Registration: N26AN
C/n / msn: 31-57
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:University of Illinois Willard Airport, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:University of Illinois Willard Airport (CMI/KCMI)
Destination airport:Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio (BKL/KBKL)
Investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
Written off (destroyed) 9 September 1978 when stalled and spun into the ground near University of Illinois Willard Airport, Tolono Township, Champaign-Urbana, Savoy, Illinois. Crash caused by engine failure: connecting rod bolt or nut failure in #1 engine for undetermined reasons. Pilot in command unable to maintain climb and/or safe minimum flying speed

Pilots FAA check flight not complete. All six persons on board (pilot and five passengers) killed


1. NTSB Identification: CHI78FA064 at

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
22-Apr-2015 17:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
22-Apr-2015 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-May-2015 02:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]

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