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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25755
Last updated: 19 February 2020
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Date:19-AUG-1971
Time:20:40 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Owner/operator:Downeast Airlines
Registration: N595DE
C/n / msn: 31-422
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:4 miles from Augusta State Airport, Maine -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (BOS/KBOS)
Destination airport:Augusta State Airport (AUG/KAUG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Crashed in dense fog while making an approach to Augusta State Airport, Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. Aircraft was originally intended to land at Rockville, Maine, but diverted to Augusta. The pilot discontinued the VOR approach, attempted to maintain visual flight rules (VFR) in IFR conditions at an altitude below obstructing terrain.
Of the eight persons on board, the pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, two passengers received serious injuries, and three passengers received minor injuries

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the improper action of the pilot in discontinuing the execution of a nonprecision instrument approach and attempting to maintain visual flight while operating in instrument flight conditions at an altitude below the level of obstructing terrain.

Sources:

1. NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/AAR7206.pdf
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=595DE

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Aug-2010 06:06 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Aug-2010 06:08 TB Updated [[Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]]
26-Apr-2015 22:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Feb-2020 14:03 harro Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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