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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13649
Last updated: 24 June 2020
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Time:16:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Owner/operator:Campbell Air Midwest Inc
Registration: N82271
C/n / msn: 31T-7820044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pellston, Michigan, 2 miles from Emmett County (Pellston Regional) Air -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
Destination airport:Emmett County (Pellston Regional) Airport, Boyne Falls, Michigan (PLN/
Written off (destroyed) On May 13, 1978, N82271, a brand new Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II, with less than twenty hours "on the clock" had a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) two miles from the departure end of Runway 32 after failing to land at Emmett County (Pellston Regional) airport, Boyne Falls, Michigan.

The NTSB investigation concluded the pilot attempted to land below published minimums for the ILS approach. The weather was extremely foggy at the time with less than 3/8 of a mile visibility and 200 foot ceiling while the approach called for a 600 foot ceiling and 2 miles visibility. A contributing factor was the finding that the middle marker for Runway 32 was not functioning at the time, possibly contributing to the disorientation of the pilot and his location relative to the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed; there were three fatalities.

Registration N82271 belatedly cancelled by the FAA on February 26, 1982.


1. NTSB Identification: CHI78FA039 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
10-Jan-2015 14:48 Anon. Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
06-Aug-2017 19:01 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport]
09-Sep-2017 14:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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