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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37707
Last updated: 30 October 2019
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Date:02-JAN-1992
Time:13:05 CST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31P Pressurized Navajo
Owner/operator:Becher Hoppe Engineers Inc
Registration: N500BH
C/n / msn: 31P-7530024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 miles from Central Wisconsin Airport, Mosinee, Wisconsin -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, Minneapolis, Minnesota (
Destination airport:Central Wisconsin Airport, Mosinee, Wisconsin (CWA/KCWA)
Narrative:
PILOT WAS CLEARED FOR AN ILS APPROACH AT HIS DESTINATION, AND REQUESTED TO REPORT ALTITUDE OF 3,000 FEET ON THE APPROACH. THIS WAS THE LAST RADIO TRANSMISSION RECEIVED FROM THE PILOT. AIRCRAFT WAS FOUND IN SOFT FIELD SIX MILES FROM THE AIRPORT. LANDING GEAR WAS UP, FLAPS WERE DOWN.

FISHERMAN NEARBY REPORTED HEARING THE AIRCRAFT MANEUVERING AT LOW ALTITUDE. HE REPORTED THAT THE ENGINES SOUNDED FINE, BUT THE SOUND WAS CHANGING IN PITCH AND INTENSITY. HE REPORTED THAT GOT QUIET JUST A FEW SECONDS BEFORE HE HEARD THE IMPACT.

THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF A FIRE IN THE NOSE BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT. THE CABIN HEATER IS LOCATED IN THE NOSE BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT, AND HAD A RECENT HISTORY OF DISCREPANCIES.

CAUSE: AN IN-FLIGHT FIRE WITH THE CABIN HEATER AS THE ORIGIN, AND UNSUITABLE TERRAIN IN WHICH TO MAKE A FORCED LANDING. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE SOFT TERRAIN.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: CHI92FA066 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001211X13955&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=500BH
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1992/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-mosinee-1-killed/]
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/wi/N500BH/
5. http://es.flightaware.com/resources/registration/N500BH


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
20-Jun-2015 23:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Oct-2017 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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