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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36084
Last updated: 9 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-260
Owner/operator:Charles M. Daniels
Registration: N8825P
C/n / msn: 24-4281
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lakefront Airport near New Orleans, LA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Milton, FL (2R4)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was number two in line behind traffic on a right base for runway 36R. The local controller asked the pilot if the visibility was hazy. The pilot replied, 'no it's not hazy uh it's just uh twilight (unintelligible) time.' When it appeared that the accident aircraft was lining up with runway 27, the local controller asked the pilot what his intentions were. The pilot advised local control that he would be turning downwind for runway 36R, but the local controller instructed him to turn right and enter a right base for runway 36R. The local controller asked the pilot if he had the runway in sight. The pilot replied 'roger.' A witness observed the aircraft flying slow at about 200 feet agl, with the wings level. The aircraft began a bank to the left and then a bank to the right. Then the aircraft's nose dropped, and it entered a left turn and descended from view. The airplane impacted the ground in a nose down attitude, and a fire erupted, which consumed the cockpit/cabin area. No structural or mechanical anomalies were observed during the post accident examination of the airplane.

Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control which resulted in a stall/spin. A contributing factor was the dusk light condition.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
20-Jun-2013 01:26 JINX Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Source]
21-Jun-2013 01:59 JINX Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
28-Jun-2013 07:13 Anon. Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 09:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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