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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147808
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic TOBA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Socata TB10 Tobago
Owner/operator:David James McElroy
Registration: N5542Z
C/n / msn: 1191
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:North of Shirley/Brookhaven Calabro Airport, Shirley, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Brookhaven Calabro Airport, Shirley, NY (KHWV)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
A Socata TB 10 Tobago 4-seat single engine propeller plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Shirley/Brookhaven airport killing two and seriously injuring a third. The circumstances and witness accounts suggest that an engine power loss will be an early focus of the investigation. The plane was apparently observed requiring a longer than normal takeoff roll which could indicate reduced power being generated by the engine.

Once airborne and outside of "ground effect" (the cushion of air close to the ground that helps aircraft stay airborne), the plane could not climb further or even maintain altitude and crashed. The pilot was reported by witnesses to be trying to avoid houses.

The plane may have recently had maintenance performed on it in Mattituck Long Island, where an engine repair facility is based, and may even have had some open items that still needed to be addressed. This should certainly be a focus of an investigation.

The aircraft, a 1991 model Socata TB10 Tobago bearing FAA Registration N5542Z, was apparently owned by David James McElroy, 53, of Orient, NY. Mr. McElroy was a licensed pilot and was killed.

The other two persons on board were Jane Unhjem, a 60-year-old assistant superintendent at the Goshen Central School District in upstate New York, and her husband Erik Unhjem, 61. Ms. Unhjem succumbed to her injuries and Mr. Unhjem remains in critical condition in Stony Brook. Mr. Unhjem was also a licensed pilot. The Unhjems were apparently considering buying the aircraft and this may have been a test flight



Revision history:

19-Aug-2012 11:15 gerard57 Added
19-Aug-2012 13:35 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
19-Aug-2012 22:51 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Aug-2012 11:19 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2012 07:42 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
26-Sep-2012 11:46 Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Jun-2014 01:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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