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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 227072
Last updated: 12 July 2019
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Piper PA-60-601P
Registration: N717SB
C/n / msn: 61P08088063418
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Seneca Lake, NY -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rochester
Destination airport:Reading, CT
On October 28, 2007 about 1330 eastern daylight time, a twin-engine Piper 601P airplane, N717SB, sustained substantial damage during a ditching in a freshwater lake, following a loss of power in both engines during normal cruise, about 7 miles east of Penn Yan, New York. The pilot was not injured.

According to information received from an aviation safety inspector who spoke with the pilot, the pilot landed in Rochester and refueled the airplane for the continuation of the cross-country flight. After departure, the pilot reported climbing to 5,000 feet where both engines began to run rough. The pilot turned the airplane toward what he thought was the nearest airport at Penn Yan, and descended below the clouds to about 1,500 feet. The pilot reported that he did not think the airplane would make it to the airport, and that due to the rugged terrain, he felt it was better to ditch the airplane in the large lake he was flying over. After ditching, the pilot was able to deploy a life raft he had aboard the airplane. The depth of the lake is estimated to be about 600 feet. The pilot reported there were no mechanical anomalies prior to the loss of engine power.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The loss of engine power during cruise flight for an undetermined reason.


Revision history:

12-Jul-2019 20:05 Nomann Added
12-Jul-2019 20:08 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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