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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36690
Last updated: 11 December 2019
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Date:20-SEP-1998
Time:14:31
Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-60-600
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N17MT
C/n / msn: 60-0641-796120
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:N. Myrtle Beach, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Grand Strand Airport (CRE)
Destination airport:Marietta, PA (N71)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
After takeoff while over the departure end of the runway, deep gray colored smoke was observed by the tower controller trailing the right engine. The pilot was alerted of this and advised the controller the flight was returning. Witnesses reported seeing smoke trailing the right engine and that the airplane rolled to the left, pitched nose down, impacted trees, and then the ground. The pilot, his three passengers and one person on the ground were killed. A fatigue crack was detected in the exhaust aft of the No. 6 cylinder of the right engine; and incomplete fusion of a weld repair was also noted. Heat damaged components from the right engine were replaced and the engine was started and found to operate normally. A foreign object of undetermined origin was found in the intake area of the No. 3 cylinder. Analysis of the voice tape revealed both engines/propellers were operating near full rated rpm when the pilot acknowledged the transmission that smoke was trailing the right engine, one engine/propeller rpm then decreased to about 2,160 rpm. Examination of the flight controls revealed no evidence of preimpact failure or malfunction. Flap positions at impact could not be determined. Calculations indicate that the airplane was approximately 55 pounds over the maximum certificated takeoff weight at takeoff. CAUSE: The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed (Vs) during a single engine approach resulting in an inadvertent stall. Factors contributing to the accident were a fatigue crack in the exhaust pipe in the right engine, the aircraft weight and balance was exceeded, degraded aircraft performance and the pilot's diverted attention.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X11124


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2018 11:01 Anon. Updated [Departure airport]
02-Jan-2019 13:43 liamdaniel98 Updated [Narrative]

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