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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13489
Last updated: 27 July 2019
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Date:21-JAN-1971
Time:07:18 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30-320 Twin Comanche
Owner/operator:Pioneer Fertilizers
Registration: N7444Y
C/n / msn: 30-507
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lakefront Airport, 4 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, Lousiana (NEW/KNEW)
Destination airport:La Mesa International Airport, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP/MHLM)
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) January 21, 1971 when crashed during the initial climb out phase from Lakefront Airport, 4 miles North East of New Orleans, Louisiana (at approximate co ordinates 3002′33″N 09001′42″W): aircraft computed to be 467 lbs over maximum gross take off weight. C of G found to be at extreme aft limits. Aircraft did a complete roll to the left before impacting into the ground. Both persons on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - INADEQUATE PRE-FLIGHT PREPARATION AND/OR PLANNING
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - IMPROPERLY LOADED AIRCRAFT-WEIGHT-AND/OR C. of G."

Registration N7444Y cancelled by the FAA on February 11, 1971

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW71AF041 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=3325&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=7444Y
3. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/la/N7444Y/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
28-Jan-2017 22:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Jan-2017 22:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
28-Jan-2017 22:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
28-Jan-2017 22:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Jan-2017 22:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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