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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183745
Last updated: 21 April 2019
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Date:08-FEB-1984
Time:10:10 PST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Owner/operator:Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall
Registration: N36CA
C/n / msn: 31T-7920013
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Riviera, Bullhead City, Mohave County, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bullhead City Airport, Bullhead City, Arizona (FAA LID: P06)
Destination airport:John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, California (SNA/KSNA)
Narrative:
AIRCRAFT LOST POWER ON THE LEFT ENGINE DURING CLIMB TO CRUISE APPROXIMATELY 8 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF. AIRPORT MANAGER HEARD UNICOM TRANSMISSION FROM N36CA, 'WE LOST AN ENGINE, WE'RE COMING BACK.' A WARNING HORN (POSSIBLY GEAR WARNING OR STALL HORN) WAS HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE TRANSMISSION.

WHEN N36CA FAILED TO RETURN, THE AIRPORT MANAGER CALLED THE SHERIFF & BEGAN SEARCHING IN HIS OWN AIRCRAFT. N36CA WAS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR AFTER IT'S DEPARTURE. THE FORCED LANDING WAS IN A FLAT, WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE WITH 22 DEGREES OF FLAPS EXTENDED. INITIAL IMPACT OCCURRED IN AREA OF 8 FOOT HIGH BRUSH. DISTANCE FROM INITIAL IMPACT TO FINAL REST WAS 595 FT ON HEADING OF 140 DEGREES.

ALTHOUGH RESTRAINED BY LAP BELT AND HARNESS, PILOT HIT HEAD ON CO-PILOT'S CONTROL YOKE DURING THE ACCIDENT. THE LEFT ENGINE TURBINE BLADE HAD FAILED IN FATIGUE. THE PILOT'S SON SAID HIS FATHER SHUT DOWN THE RIGHT ENGINE IN-FLIGHT AND, AS A RESULT, THE AIRCRAFT HAD NO POWER ON EITHER ENGINE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

TURBINE ASSEMBLY,TURBINE BLADE..FATIGUE
WRONG ENGINE SHUTDOWN..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
INADEQUATE TRAINING(EMERGENCY PROCEDURE(S))..PILOT IN COMMAND
TURBINE ASSEMBLY,TURBINE BLADE..FAILURE,TOTAL
PROPELLER FEATHERING..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND"

Sources:

1. NTSB: NTSB Identification: LAX84FA170 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001214X38797&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=36CA
3. https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20001214X38797&AKey=1&RType=Summary&IType=FA


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Jan-2016 22:59 JINX Added
03-Aug-2017 17:10 TB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-Sep-2017 16:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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