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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35800
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Date:05-JAN-1983
Time:21:11 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30-320 Twin Comanche
Owner/operator:Northwood Enterprises Inc
Registration: N7619Y
C/n / msn: 30-692
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey (ACY)
Destination airport:Waterbury–Oxford Airport, Oxford, Connecticut (OXC/KOAC)
Narrative:
THE PILOT HAD LANDED AT ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY AT APPROXIMATELY 15:45 EST WHILE EN ROUTE TO OXFORD, CT. BEFORE TAKING OFF, HE CONTACTED TWO FSS'S AND BOTH ADVISED THAT VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT TOOK OFF AT APPROXIMATELY 19:20 LOCAL TIME WITH NO FLIGHT PLAN.

AT 21:02 EST, HE CONTACTED ATLANTIC CITY APPROACH CONTROL. HE REPORTED THAT HE WAS ON A VFR FLIGHT AT 1,500 FEET, HAD ENCOUNTERED IMC, AND REQUESTED ASSISTANCE TO LAND AT ATLANTIC CITY. THE PILOT WAS ADVISED THAT IFR WEATHER CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT ATLANTIC CITY, THEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS RADAR IDENTIFIED APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES EAST OF THE AIRPORT.

SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE HAD THE AIRPORT LIGHTS IN SIGHT AND WOULD CIRCLE TO LAND. HOWEVER, HE SUBSEQUENTLY STATED HE HAD LOST THE LIGHTS. THE PILOT WAS THEN ADVISED THAT A SEARCH FOR VFR WEATHER WAS BEING CONDUCTED, TO WHICH HE ACKNOWLEDGED. AT 22:10 EST, RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST WHEN THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ON AIRPORT PROPERTY.

THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED IN A WOODEN AREA APPROXIMATELY 2,000 FEET WEST OF THE APPROACH END OF RUNWAY 13. INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH A TREE WHILE ON A NORTHERLY HEADING.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND
VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC CONDITIONS..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING..FOG
OBJECT..TREE(S)"

Aircraft de-registered upon C of A expiry on December 14, 1985. However, the registration N7619Y was not cancelled until November 26, 2014 - 31 years later

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: NYC83FA049 at https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20001214X42071&AKey=1&RType=Final&IType=FA
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=7619Y
3. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/nj/N7619Y/
4. http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N7619Y.html
5. https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N7619Y


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Apr-2017 21:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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