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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41141
Last updated: 15 June 2019
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Date:16-FEB-1982
Time:20:19 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II-XL
Owner/operator:GNC Energy Corporation
Registration: N2517X
C/n / msn: 31T-8166004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile from Lebanon-Springfield Airport, Springfield, Kentucky -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Mobile Regional Airport, Mobile, Alabama (MOB/KMOB)
Destination airport:Lebanon-Springfield Airport, Springfield, Kentucky (FAA LID: 6I2)
Narrative:
Written off (Destroyed) February 16, 1982 when crashed one mile from Lebanon-Springfield Airport, Springfield, Kentucky, killing all eight on board (pilot and seven passengers). According to the following excerpt from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"THE FLIGHT WAS CLEARED TO MAINTAIN 3,000 FEET AMSL UNTIL OVER THE AIRPORT, THEN CRUISE. THE PILOT HAD PREVIOUSLY STATED THAT HE COULD SEE THE LIGHTS ON THE GROUND & THAT HE WAS 15 MILES FROM THE AIRPORT.

AT 20:13 EST, THE PILOT STATED "WE OUGHTA BE ABLE TO CANCEL HERE". THE AIRCRAFT WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT 6 MILES FROM THE AIRPORT. THE AIRPORT OPERATOR HEARD AN AIRCRAFT LOW OVERHEAD & WAS ABLE TO SEE STARS.

OTHER GROUND WITNESSES CLOSER TO THE POINT OF IMPACT OBSERVED VERY THICK PATCHY FOG WITH VISIBILITY ABOUT 200 FEET. ONE WITNESS OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION LIGHTS DO SOME UNUSUAL MANOEUVERING, WHILE ANOTHER WITNESS SAW THE LIGHTS VERY LOW. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A LEFT WING LOW, NEAR LEVEL FLIGHT ATTITUDE.

THE WRECKAGE WAS CO-LOCATED WITH AN APPROXIMATE DOWNWIND TO BASE LEG TURN. THERE IS A SINGLE VOR/DME APPROACH TO RUNWAY 11. THE MDA IS 1,260 FEET & REQUIRES A MINIMUM VISIBILITY OF 1 MILE. THE CIRCLING APPROACH HAS AN MDA OF 1,420 FT & ALSO REQUIRES A MINIMUM VISIBILITY OF 1 MILE. THE PILOT HAD RECEIVED AN ALTIMETER SETTING OF 29.77. THE AIRCRAFT'S ALTIMETER WAS SET BETWEEN 30.29 & 30.30.

CAUSE:
ABORTED LANDING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
WEATHER CONDITION..FOG
ALTIMETER SETTING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND"

A contemporary newspaper report ("Central Kentucky New-Journal, February 18, 1982") listed the eight killed as follows: "Those dead included: David Lewis Ball, 38, Lebanon, his wife, Alice, 34, and their two sons, Chad, 5 and Lance, 18 months; Owen Isaacs, 62, and his wife, Louise, 61; Douglas Baker, 31, pilot from Charlestown, Ind.; and John Robert Watts, an engineer for B. T. Engineering Corp., Louisville". Registration N2517X cancelled by the FAA on August 23, 1990 - over eight years later.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: ATL82FA055 at http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20020917X01727
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=2517X
3. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1982/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-cheyenne-in-springfield-8-killed/
4. https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20020917X01727&AKey=1&RType=Summary&IType=FA
5. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/ky/N2517X/
6. Contemporary Newspaper report (Central Kentucky News-Journal, February 18, 1982) at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/KYTAYLOR/2010-10/1286749563


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]
06-Aug-2017 15:46 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Aug-2017 16:00 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
10-Sep-2017 21:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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