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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240174
Last updated: 2 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Upgrade Incorporated
Registration: N41382
C/n / msn: 34-7450114
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Groton-New London Airport (GON/KGON), CT -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Bangor, ME (BGR)
Destination airport:Groton, CT (GON)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On August 17, 2020, about 2236 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-200, N41382, was substantially damaged when it impacted a house near the Groton-New London Airport (GON), Groton, Connecticut. The certified flight instructor (flight instructor) and pilot undergoing instruction (PUI) sustained minor injuries. An occupant of the house was not injured as a result of the collision but sustained throat irritation due to fuel smell. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.
According to the flight instructor, the flight departed GON about 1700 hours, and flew direct to Bangor International Airport (BGR), Bangor, Maine, where the flight landed uneventfully, and the fuel tanks were filled. According to ADS-B data the flight departed BGR at 2002, then proceeded to Augusta State Airport, Augusta Maine, and then to Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine, where the flight instructor indicated that the PUI performed one, and three touch-and-go landings, respectively. After the last touch-and-go landing the flight proceeded to GON where the PUI performed two touch-and-go landings to runway 23. The flight departed and remained in the traffic pattern for the same runway, where, when abeam the approach end of runway 23 with the landing gear extended and 10 of flaps extended, the PUI began to descend while turning onto the base leg of the airport traffic pattern. The flight instructor stated that at time he heard an engine sputter and verified the controls were in the proper position. He heard the engine sputter again and "felt the [airplane] jerk" and stated, "my controls." He maintained airspeed and verified the engine controls were full forward, retracted the flaps but decided to leave the landing gear extended due to the altitude and proximity to the airport. He verified the malfunction to be the right engine and felt it was developing some power, but with "less output" than the left. He briefly pitched nose-down, then nose-up, and when he noticed a high decent rate, he feathered the right propeller and placed the right mixture control to idle cutoff. He looked for a place to land and maneuvered for landing on a street. While flaring to land, he felt a collision.
The airplane came to rest suspended by the roof structure of the house. The airplane was recovered for further examination of the airframe, engine and its systems, and propeller systems.




Revision history:

18-Aug-2020 04:07 Geno Added
18-Aug-2020 04:23 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
18-Aug-2020 04:46 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Destination airport, Source]
18-Aug-2020 04:59 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
18-Aug-2020 06:24 harro Updated [Registration, Narrative]
18-Aug-2020 11:34 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
02-Sep-2020 13:52 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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