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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13538
Last updated: 28 April 2019
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Date:01-JAN-1974
Time:20:03 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche B
Owner/operator:Franklin Aviation
Registration: N8546Y
C/n / msn: 30-1610
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Charleston Municipal Airport, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport, Pinellas County, Flor
Destination airport:Charleston Municipal Airport, Charleston, South Carolina (FAA LID: 09M
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) January 1, 1974 when collided with trees on final approach to Charleston Municipal Airport, Charleston, South Carolina: aircraft turned right to final course, started steep descent, which continued until aircraft disappeared from radar. 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 - IMPROPER IFR OPERATION - SPATIAL DISORIENTATION
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - INSTRUMENTS-MISREAD OR FAILED TO READ
FACTOR(S)
WEATHER - FOG - OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION"

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MIA74AM053


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
04-Feb-2017 20:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Mar-2019 08:22 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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