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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 126595
Last updated: 20 August 2019
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Date:03-JUN-1970
Time:12:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-180 Twin Six
Owner/operator:Piper Aircraft Inc
Registration: N3407K
C/n / msn: 34-0006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Sea off Vero Beach, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB/KVRB)
Destination airport:Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB/KVRB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 03-06-1970 when crashed into the sea off Vero Breach, Florida, due to structural failure of the starboard wing during a test flight. The pilot (the sole person on board) escaped from the aircraft safely. Aircraft was one of the prototype/early production batch of Piper PA-34-180 Twin Six aircraft (later renamed Piper Seneca). According to the NTSB report into the accident, the cause of the crash was...

"RAPID PITCH UP DURING POWER DESCENT. STARBOARD OUTBOARD SECTION OF WINGS FAILED UPWARDS. AIRCRAFT EXAMINED UNDERWATER BUT NOT RECOVERED"

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA71AM012 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/Results.aspx?queryId=3db438d9-5083-4812-9adb-762a02f2401c
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=3407K


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Feb-2016 12:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2016 12:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Nov-2016 19:03 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]

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