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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39774
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Date:04-JAN-1986
Time:18:14 CST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31P-350 Mojave
Owner/operator:William P. Gundy
Registration: N9253Y
C/n / msn: 31P-8414030
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Norco, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, Greer, South Carolina (G
Destination airport:Moisant Field International Airport, New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY/KMSY)
Narrative:
THE PILOT INITIATED AN ILS APPROACH IN BELOW MINIMUM WEATHER CONDITIONS SHORTLY AFTER NIGHT FALL. HE WAS GIVEN A "LOW ALTITUDE" ALERT, BUT CONTINUED THE APPROACH. HE ANNOUNCED A MISSED APPROACH, AND INDICATED PROBLEMS CLIMBING TO ALTITUDE. HE THEN DECLARED AN UNSPECIFIED EMERGENCY, AND REQUESTED VECTORS TO A LARGER AIRPORT, IN SPITE OF WORSENING WEATHER CONDITIONS.

HE REACHED AN ALTITUDE OF 2,100 FEET, BUT COMMENCED ANOTHER ILS APPROACH DESPITE PREVIOUS DIFFICULTIES. RADAR DATA INDICATES EXCESSIVE MANEUVERING TO INTERCEPT THE INBOUND COURSE, WITH WIDE VARIATIONS IN GROUND SPEED AND ALTITUDE. FOLLOWING A STEEP CLIMB AT A LOW GROUND SPEED, THE AIRCRAFT DISAPPEARED BELOW RADAR COVERAGE.

WITNESSES INDICATED IRREGULAR ENGINE SOUNDS AS THE AIRCRAFT MADE A TIGHT LEVEL TURN AT LOW ALTITUDE PRIOR TO IMPACTING TREES IN A NEAR LEVEL ATTITUDE. ON-SCENE EVIDENCE SHOWS POWER WAS BEING PRODUCED FROM BOTH ENGINES UPON IMPACT. POST-IMPACT FIRE CONSUMED THE WRECKAGE.

REGISTRATION N9253Y CANCELLED BY THE FAA ON MAY 2, 1988

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: FTW86FA031 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20010110X00162&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=9253Y
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1986/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-norco-2-killed/]
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/la/N9253Y/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
01-May-2015 16:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-May-2015 16:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Oct-2017 22:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
07-Oct-2017 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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