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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13867
Last updated: 10 August 2019
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Date:04-DEC-1976
Time:21:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Ocean Aviation
Registration: N15698
C/n / msn: 347350087
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Forked River, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Robert J. Miller Air Park, Toms River, New Jersey (MJX/KMJX)
Destination airport:Robert J. Miller Air Park, Toms River, New Jersey (MJX/KMJX)
Narrative:
Crashed at Forked River, New Jersey: Aircraft struck 110 foot radio antenna, making low passes at night. All five persons on board (pilot and four passengers) were killed. Probable cause of "reckless flying" was pilot intoxication: pilot's blood/alcohol brain level was 171%. In addition, the five persons on board were probably killed due to flying without their seat belts being fastened. According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"PROBABLE CAUSE(S): PILOT IN COMMAND - FAILED TO SEE AND AVOID OBJECTS OR OBSTRUCTIONS; PILOT IN COMMAND - PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - ALCOHOLIC IMPAIRMENT OF EFFICIENCY AND JUDGMENT; UNWARRANTED LOW FLYING"

Sources:

https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=51786&key=0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
30-Nov-2016 21:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2017 20:21 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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