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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65992
Last updated: 26 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Registration: N2316P
C/n / msn: 38-79A0942
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pawtucket-North Central State Airport, RI (SFZ) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Providence, RI (PVD)
Destination airport:Smithfield, RI (SFZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane approached the airport in night visual meteorological conditions, with an instrument-rated private pilot and a private-pilot-rated passenger. The pilot received clearance for a practice very-high-omnidirectional-range/global-positioning-system approach. At 1,900 feet mean sea level (msl) and prior to the final approach fix (FAF), the pilot was cleared for the practice approach and a frequency change was approved. There was no further communication with the accident flight. Radar data showed the accident flight on a ground track associated with the approach and in a steady descent from the FAF to 500 feet msl, or 80 feet above ground level (agl) and near the first tree strike. The accident occurred approximately 2/3 mile from the threshold of runway 33. The airplane was on the correct ground track for the approach when it initially struck trees approximately 80 feet agl. The minimum descent altitude for the approach was 980 feet msl, or 539 feet agl. No evidence of any preimpact mechanical discrepancies were found with the airframe or engine that would have prevented a successful completion of the approach. Recorded weather conditions at the airport near the time of the accident included a broken cloud layer at 8,000 feet, surface visibility 10 statute miles, and a surface wind from the northwest at 6 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper descent below the published minimum descent altitude during the approach, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.


FAA register: 2. FAA:


(c) NTSB

Revision history:

27-Jun-2009 00:30 harro Added
13-Feb-2016 22:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2016 22:05 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 12:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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