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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38243
Last updated: 31 August 2015
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Date:12-NOV-1982
Time:05:14
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:Hill-Williford Aviation
Registration: N59771
C/n / msn: 31-7652041
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sugarloaf Mountain, Brevard, North Carolina (Near 35'18"33 N, 82'68"33 -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Columbus, Ohio (CMH/KCMH)
Destination airport:Asheville, North Carolina (AVL/KAVL)
Narrative:
AFTER A MISSED APPROACH AT ASHEVILLE, THE FLIGHT WAS CLEARED TO THE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG AIRPORT AT GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA. EN-ROUTE TO GREER, RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. IN RESPONSE TO A QUERY FROM ATLANTA AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER, THE PILOT VERIFIED HIS POSITION AS BEING ON THE 235 DEGREES RADIAL OF SPARTANBURG VOR & 11.9 MILES SOUTH WEST. HE WAS THEN CLEARED TO DESCEND TO 2700 FEET & EXECUTE AN ILS APPROACH.

THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED A MOUNTAIN AT THE 3200 FEET LEVEL. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ON THE 235 DEGREE RADIAL OF THE SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN VORTAC & AT 24 MILES. A REVIEW OF THE AIRCRAFT'S LOGBOOK REVEALED THAT MECHANICAL IRREGULARITIES REPORTED WERE NOT CORRECTED FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. NO CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS LISTED FOR AN "OUTER MARKER INOPERATIVE AURAL & VISUAL (NEEDS TO BE FIXED NOW, SINCE ADF IS ALSO INOPERATIVE)." & "LIGHT IN #2 VOR HEAD OUT". THE MARKER BEACON WAS DESCRIBED AS INOPERATIVE ON 3 DATES BEGINNING AUGUST 22 1981, & THE ADF WAS DESCRIBED AS INOPERATIVE ON 7 DATES BEGINNING MAY 8, 1981. NO CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS LISTED FOR ANY ENTRY ABOUT THE MARKER BEACON OR ADF.

Sources:
1. NTSB Identification: ATL83AA029 at http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20020917X04287&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=59771
3. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/nc/N59771/
4. http://www.baaa-acro.com/Pays/Etats-Unis/Caroline%20du%20Sud.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
13-Jun-2015 21:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2015 21:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
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