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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 11803
Last updated: 17 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23
Owner/operator:Richard Tenney, Leland Bouke
Registration: N512H
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Copenhagen, NY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Massena, NY
Destination airport:Syracuse, NY
While attempting to reach Syracuse International airport to pick up a bussiness associate Mr. Tenney (a VFR. rated pilot), and Mr. Bouke (passenger, and brotherin law) passed into an area of lake effect snow squalls ( heavy blowing& drifting snow common to the tug hill area of Lewis county NY, south east of Lake Ontario). The actual cause of the crash seems to remain unknown although visibility, iceing, wind, and spatial disorientation all must have contributed. Several residents living North of the crash site at the time reported hearing a low flying plane that seemed to be having problems. Their direction of travel at the time of the crash seems to indicate that they had made a 180 degree turn and were attempting to return home when the storm caught up with them, however it is possible they became disoriented in low visibility and this is only coincedence. After a two day areil search the wreckage was stumbled upon accidentally by a teenager on a snowmobile. My Father, a local bussinessman and member of the Copenhagen fire department, had something to do with the cleanup of the site after the investigation, somewhere in an old trunk I still have some instruments from the plane. Although it happened over fourty years ago I still have deepest sympathy for the victims of this crash, and their familys. Two guys lost in a storm.


NTSB, Watertown Daily Times archives, Watertown NY

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
03-Dec-2008 04:20 wot38 Updated

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