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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26397
Last updated: 14 November 2020
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Time:07:08 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Owner/operator:Basco Flying Service Inc
Registration: N163SA
C/n / msn: 31T-7920025
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pottstown Municipal Airport, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Pottstown Municipal Airport, Pottstown, Pennsylvania (FAA LID:N47)
Destination airport:Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (KPHL)
During an attempted takeoff from Pottstown Municipal Airport, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, the airplane collided with a taxiway sign, a fence, a light pole and came to rest between two buildings. According to the pilot in command (seated in the right seat), a pre-flight and run-up inspection was completed successfully. He stated that a pilot rated passenger (in the left front seat) was following along with a placard checklist. He stated that the airplane was accelerated for takeoff on runway 7, and at 500 feet down the 2700 foot long runway with the airspeed at red line, rotation was initiated and the airplane veered to the right. He stated that shortly thereafter the right engine surged and he noted the matched power levers, but he did not record the engine power instruments.

A passenger (seated in a forward facing seat behind the pilot in command) reported that the pilot rated passenger's hand was on the throttle(yellow-knobbed handles) at the time of the accident The reported visibility was 1/8 mile in fog. The prescribed takeoff minimums for that airport is 400 feet and 1 mile visibility.

The intended destination was Philadelphia International Airport, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The three persons on board (pilot and two passengers) did not sustain any injuries.

Post-accident examination of the engines and their systems revealed no evidence of pre-impact mechanical malfunction. The pilot reported that there was no mechanical malfunction.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff/ground run resulting in in-flight collision with a fence. Related factors were the pilot's poor planning/decision making, and the fog.

Registration N163SA cancelled by the FAA on February 11, 2013


1. NTSB Identification: IAD96LA133 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
20-May-2017 18:37 TB Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
07-Aug-2017 08:39 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
13-Sep-2017 19:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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