Accident Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche N7355Y,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13507
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Date:Saturday 19 March 1966
Time:06:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche
Owner/operator:Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Department
Registration: N7355Y
MSN: 30-409
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lake Charles, LA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Lake Charles Regional Airport, Lake Charles, Louisiana (KCH/KLCH)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (destroyed) March 19, 1966 when crashed at Lake Charles, Louisiana; both person on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. According to the official NTSB report into the accident: "Pilot in command continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. Aircraft ditched into the Lake, where the water conditions were described as 'glassy calm', and notes that 'spatial disorientation' (being unable to distinguish between the sea and the sky) on the part of the pilot may have been the cause. Pilot had been advised by Lake Charles Air Traffic Control that conditions were IFR at the departure airport


1. NTSB Identification: FTW66A0080 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
17-Jan-2017 17:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2021 15:27 1767406 CSMEL-I Updated [Operator]
30-May-2023 02:11 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location]

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