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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41142
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Date:15-SEP-1989
Time:13:36 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II-XL
Owner/operator:Widefield Homes Inc
Registration: N63XL
C/n / msn: 31T-8166037
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Louisville, Colorado -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Broomfield, Colorado (BJC/KJBC)
Destination airport:Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Broomfield, Colorado (BJC/KJBC)
Narrative:
THE PILOT & 2 MECHANICS WERE ON A MAINTENANCE TEST FLIGHT. AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A STRAIGHT-IN APPROACH TO RUNWAY 11 FROM THE WEST, THE PILOT WAS ADVISED OF TRAFFIC AHEAD & TOLD TO SLOW HIS SPEED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THE PILOT ACKNOWLEDGED. ABOUT 15 SECONDS LATER, THE CONTROLLER TOLD THE PILOT OF N63XL TO MAKE A 360 DEGREE TURN TO THE LEFT FOR SPACING.

SHORTLY THEREAFTER, WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT ENTER A STEEP BANK (TURN), THEN GO INTO A STEEP SPIRALLING, NOSE DOWN, DESCENT & CRASH. NO PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE AIRCRAFT OR ENGINES WAS FOUND.

CAUSE: FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE AIRSPEED, WHILE MANEUVERING FOR SPACING IN THE TRAFFIC PATTERN, WHICH RESULTED IN AN INADVERTENT STALL AT LOW ALTITUDE.

Registration N63XL cancelled January 30, 1991 as "Destroyed"

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: DEN89FA217 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001213X29341
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=63XL
3. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1989/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-cheyenne-in-louisville-3-killed/
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/co/N63XL/


Images:


Accident scene of N63XL at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) on September 15, 1989.

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 16:11 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
18-Sep-2017 19:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Aug-2018 06:12 L1011TriStar Updated [Photo, ]

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