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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172576
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-160 Apache G
Owner/operator:Eagle Support Services Llc
Registration: N222CP
MSN: 23-1940
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Erie-Ottawa Int'l Airport/Carl R Keller Field (KPCW), Port Clinton, Oh -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Port Clinton, OH (KPCW)
Destination airport:Columbus, OH (KOSU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was departing on a cross-country flight in the twin-engine airplane. A witness stated that before takeoff, the pilot spent about 20 minutes in the run-up area. As the airplane departed the runway, witnesses heard a "popping" noise come from the airplane. The airplane struggled to gain altitude, and one witness stated it appeared to have a problem with the left engine. The airplane turned left and descended. A review of a security camera video showed that the airplane turned left after takeoff, entered a rapid nose-down descent, and impacted terrain.

A small amount of water was found in the left engine's carburetor; however, firefighter response efforts could not be eliminated as a potential source for the water. Based on the weather conditions at the time of the accident, the airplane was operating in an area associated with a risk of carburetor ice accumulation at glide and cruise power settings, but not at takeoff power settings. Witness reports and findings from the investigation are consistent with a loss of control following a loss of left engine power; however, the examination of the airframe and engines did not reveal evidence of any preimpact abnormalities.

Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of control following a loss of left engine power for reasons that could not be determined because an examination of the airframe and engine did not reveal any preimpact abnormalities.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

29-Dec-2014 21:59 gerard57 Added
30-Dec-2014 01:22 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
30-Dec-2014 14:47 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
10-Jan-2015 01:09 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
30-Nov-2017 19:43 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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