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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37959
Last updated: 5 September 2015
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Date:14-NOV-1982
Time:18:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Owner/operator:7 C's Transportation
Registration: N3538R
C/n / msn: 31-7912115
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.5 miles NW of Boggs Field, Spencer, Roane County, West Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Boggs Field, Spencer, West Virginia (USW/KUSW)
Destination airport:Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, Greenville, South Caroli
Narrative:
THE PILOT FILED AN IFR CLEARANCE AND TOOK OFF ON RUNWAY 30 AFTER DARK. AT THAT TIME, THE AIRPORT MANAGER WAS IN HIS LIVING QUARTERS, GETTING READY TO EAT HIS EVENING MEAL. HE REPORTED THAT FROM HIS POSITION, THE TAKEOFF HEIGHT LOOKED NORMAL. AS THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED, HE NOTICED NO UNUSUAL SOUNDS, EXCEPT HE HEARD WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS SHOTS FROM A RIFLE. ANOTHER WITNESS HEARD WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS A LOUD POP AND THE SOUND OF ENGINE SPUTTER FOLLOWED BY A CRASH SOUND.

LATER, THE AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ABOUT 1 1/2 MILES NORTHWEST OF THE AIRPORT. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT IT HAD COLLIDED WITH TREES AND THE WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED OVER AN AREA ABOUT 1000 FEET LONG

NO PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE ENGINES WAS FOUND. THE PROPELLER BLADES WERE FOUND TWISTED AND BENT. THE FLIGHT CONTROLS WERE ALL ACCOUNTED FOR AND EXAMINED AND NO PRE-IMPACT FAILURES WERE FOUND. NO BULLET IMPACT MARKS WERE FOUND ON ANY PIECE OF THE WRECKAGE.

Sources:
1. NTSB Identification: ATL83AA031 at http://ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20020917X04288&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=3538R
3. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1982/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-martinsville-8-killed/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
13-Jun-2015 21:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2015 21:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport]
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