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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 10116
Last updated: 22 August 2018
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Date:21-DEC-1968
Time:10:10 CDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MU2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mitsubishi MU-2B-10
Owner/operator:Metropolitan Mooney Inc
Registration: N3550X
C/n / msn: 018
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Roy Brown Farm, 5 miles South of Pleasant Hope, Missouri -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Joplin Regional Airport, MO (JLN/KJLN)
Destination airport:Tallahassee International Airport, FL (TLH/KTLH)
Narrative:
"Five persons died in this burned out, twisted mass that was once a twin–engine turboprop. The aircraft, carrying the J. C. Vaughn family of Joplin, and the pilot, crashed on the Roy Brown farm, south of Pleasant Hope Saturday morning. Only part of the tail assembly is left intact as this twin engine plane crashed almost nose–first into the ground and exploded. Most of the plane, including the engines and cockpit, are buried.

Authorities at Joplin said the plane apparently had left there en route to Tallahassee, Florida, within an hour before the crash. Reports were that the pilot had radioed the Joplin tower that they were experiencing icing on the wings, and that they were about to turn back".

According to the following extracts from the official NTSB report into the accident:

"Malfunction of artificial horizon and turn needle. Aircraft observed to crash from vertical dive. Pilot in command attempted operation of aircraft with known deficiencies of equipment".

Registration N3350X finally cancelled by the FAA on June 25 1970

Sources:

1. NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=9754&key=0
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=3550X
3. https://www.fss.aero/accident-reports/dvdfiles/US/1968-12-21-US.pdf
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/mo/N3550X/
5. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1968/archives/crash-of-a-mitsubishi-mu-2-marquise-in-springfield-5-killed/]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
07-Mar-2016 11:30 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Mar-2016 11:31 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Dec-2016 20:37 wf Updated [Aircraft type]
18-Apr-2017 12:55 TB Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-May-2017 00:23 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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