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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37587
Last updated: 21 September 2020
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Time:13:41 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II
Owner/operator:Brent's International Inc c/o Airwork Ltd
Registration: N515WB
C/n / msn: 31T-7720023
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Norwich, Muskingum County, Ohio -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Easton, Maryland (ESN/KESN)
Destination airport:Des Moines, Iowa (DSM/KDSM)
Whilst en route from Easton, Maryland, to Des Moines, Iowa and cruising at FL 240, the aircraft was seen on radar to have climbed to 24,100 feet. On the next radar return, 12 seconds later, it had descended to 23,700 feet. The aircraft had disappeared from the radar 12 seconds later. It was subsequently found to have crashed in open farm land in an inverted, flat attitude with virtually no forward motion and been destroyed. The accident occurred during the hours of daylight at approximately 39 degrees, 59 minutes north, and 83 degrees, 12 minutes west. Both crew on board were killed

Wreckage from the aircraft was scattered over a wide area with 'most of the tail section' being found at the start of the wreckage trail. Witnesses in the area reported hearing the aircraft's engines 'revving', followed by the sound of 'explosions'. The accident happened during a ferry flight to Hayward, California where it was to be modified for onward ferry to New Zealand.

No pre-existing airframe failure was found that would have led to a loss of control, in-flight break-up, loss of pressurisation or hypoxia. The plane was inactive for about two years before being purchased two months before the accident. The last annual inspection was on June 8, 1992. Icing was forecast from 9000 feet to 17,000 feet amsl; turbulence was forecast below 8000 feet amsl.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident to be: The pilot's loss of control for unknown reasons and the subsequent flight which exceeded the design stress limits of the airline, resulting in an in-flight break-up.

The airframe was released to the owner's insurance adjuster Mr. R.H. Tenney on December 5, 1993. Additional instruments were released on July 7, 1994, to the owner's representative, Mr. Dale Munday, M&K Aviation Inc. Jeffersonville, Indiana. Both propellers were released to Mr. Munday on September 7, 1994. The left forward baggage door was released to Mr. Munday on September 30, 1993. Registration N515WB cancelled by the FAA on January 14, 2000, some sixteen years later


1. NTSB Identification: NYC94FA028 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
06-Aug-2017 13:42 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
06-Aug-2017 19:47 TB Updated [Cn]
13-Sep-2017 15:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2017 15:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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