ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36195
Last updated: 24 April 2014
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Date:17-AUG-1986
Time:1852
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30
Owner/operator:Arthur Benjamin
Registration: N31AB
C/n / msn: 30-743
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bowleys Qrtrs, MD -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Asheville, NC (AVL)
Destination airport:Baltimore, MD (MTN)
Narrative:
DRG ARR, TRACON GAVE THE PLT THE airport WX & PROVIDED VECTORS FOR AN ILS RWY 32 APCH. THE PLT INQUIRED ABOUT A CELL THAT HE UNDERSTOOD WAS OVER THE airport & WAS ADVISED TO STANDBY WHILE THE CONTROLLER (CTLR) CHECKED ON IT. THE CTLR CONTACTED TWR PSNL WHO ADZD THE VIS WAS 1 MI IN HVY RAIN, BUT THE PLT WAS GIVEN A FREQ CHG BFR THE INFO WAS PASSED ON TO HIM. HOW-EVER, THE FINAL CTLR ADZD HIM OF THE CELL WHICH WAS over THE NDB. THE NDB WAS 1.6 MI FM RWY 32, ALONG THE ILS COURSE. THEPLT ELECTED TO CONT THE APCH & WAS CLRD TO TWR FREQ. AS THE ACFT APCHD THE NDB, RADAR SHOWED IT WAS OFF COURSE. THE TWR CTLR TRIED TO GIVE THE PLT CLIMB-OUT INSTRNS, BUT THE PLT DECLINED THEM & SAID HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE CTLG THE ACFT. THE PLT'S LAST TRANSMISSION WAS TO ACKNOWLEDGE HE WOULD TURN 180 DEG TO ABANDON THE APCH. WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT COME OUT OF CLOUDS IN A STEEP DIVE & CRASH ABOUT 1 MI FM THE airport IN 10' TO 15' OF WATER BFR RECOVERING. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WERE FND. A WX STUDY SHOWED CLOUD BASES AT 700' & WX ECHOS OF AT LEAST MOD INTENSITY (VIP LVL 2). CAUSE:

Sources:
NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X34405


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