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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13644
Last updated: 20 September 2019
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Date:24-NOV-1977
Time:11:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Owner/operator:Kirkway Corporation
Registration: N801HD
C/n / msn: 31T-7620031
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Beckley, West Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Dupage Airport, Chicago, Illinois (DPA/KDPA)
Destination airport:Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Beckley, West Virginia (BKW/KBKW)
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) November 24, 1977 when involved in a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) near Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Beckley, West Virginia, during a hard landing following a go around. Aircraft levelled off incorrectly, ran off the runway and collided with a solid object (a steel reinforced concrete wall). All six persons on board (pilot and five passengers) were killed. According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PILOT IN COMMAND - IMPROPER IFR OPERATION, IMPROPER LEVEL OFF, DELAYED IN INITIATING GO-AROUND. AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH STEEL REINFORCED CONCRETE WALL."

Registration N801HD cancelled November 27, 1977

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: IAD78FA014 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=44071&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=801HD
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1977/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-cheyenne-in-beckley-6-killed/]
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/wv/N801HD/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
06-Aug-2017 19:01 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
07-Sep-2017 20:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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