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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 37960
Last updated: 7 October 2019
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Date:05-JAN-1982
Time:07:49 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Owner/operator:Empire Airlines
Registration: N546BA
C/n / msn: 31-409
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6.7 miles from Oneida County Airport, Utica, New York -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Oneida County Airport (UCA/KUCA) Utica, New York)
Destination airport:Washington National Airport (DCA/KDCA) Washington, DC
Narrative:
On January 5, 1982, Empire Airlines Flight 141, a scheduled commuter fight between Utica,'New York, and Washington, D.C., crashed while attempting an approach to Tompkins County Airport, Ithaca, New York, an en route stop. The flight crew had contacted Elmira approach control and had received instructions for an instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 32 at Tompkins County Airport.

About 07:40 EST, the co-pilot declared an emergency stating that the airplane had a landing flap problem; he later stated that only one flap was down. He also stated that they were not able to maintain altitude and that the airplane was descending. Elmira approach lost radar contact with the airplane about 07:41 EST; the last radio transmission from the flight was recorded about 07:45 EST.

The airplane crashed in a wooded area near three suburban residences. The pilot and copilot, the only persons aboard, were killed. There were no injuries to personnel on the ground. The airplane was destroyed by impact and post impact fire

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was excessive wear of the left flap motor/flexible drive spline and certification of the airplane with a flap system that did not meet the requirements of Civil Air Regulation 3.339. The worn spline caused a split flap condition of 34 that resulted in marginal flight control authority. Moderate low altitude turbulence and transient low level wind shear may have contributed to the upset and loss of control.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: DCA82AA009 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20020917X01906&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=546BA
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1982/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-ithaca-2-killed/]
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/ny/N546BA/
5. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Empire-Airlines/Piper-PA-31-310-Navajo/969660
6. https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/AAR8211.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
23-May-2015 21:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-May-2015 21:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Embed code]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
22-Apr-2017 18:48 TB Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]
27-Sep-2017 20:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Sep-2017 20:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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