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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 136680
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Date:29-MAY-1984
Time:17:42
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche
Owner/operator:Southeast Airmotive Corp.
Registration: N7217Y
C/n / msn: 30-243
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina (CL
Destination airport:Greene County Municipal Airport, Greeneville, Tennessee (GCY/KGCY)
Narrative:
PILOT DEPARTED RUNWAY 18L AT CHARLOTTE, NC AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER REPORTED TO THE TOWER THAT HE HAD A STUCK TRIM TAB. THE PILOT WAS CLEARED TO LAND ON RUNWAY 18R.

WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT DESCEND RAPIDLY ON DOWNWIND TO APPROX 300 TO 500 FEET AGL AND MAKE A STEEP (90 TO 120 DEGREE) RIGHT BANK TURN. THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT CAME UP TO THE HORIZON AFTER THE TURN, JUST PRIOR TO GROUND IMPACT.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS TO RE-POSITION THE AIRCRAFT FOR BANK COURIER FLIGHTS. EXAMINATION OF THE TRIM TAB SYSTEM REVEALED DISCONNECTED AND DETERIORATED WIRING AND OTHER ELECTRIC MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. THE MANUAL TRIM HANDLE WAS FOUND SEPARATED FROM ITS PROPER MOUNTING POSITION.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM, STABILATOR TRIM...DISCONNECTED
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, ELECTRIC WIRING...DETERIORATED
MAINTENANCE, 100-HOUR INSPECTION...INADEQUATE...COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL
STABILATOR TRIM TAB...NOT CORRECTED...COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

Registration N7217Y cancelled by the FAA on September 12, 1989

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: ATL84FA187 at https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20001214X39463&AKey=1&RType=Final&IType=FA
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=7217Y
3. http://planecrashmap.com/list/nc/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Apr-2017 17:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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