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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172646
Last updated: 16 December 2018
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Date:02-JAN-2015
Time:18:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N81291
C/n / msn: 34-8070037
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Buckberry Trail, Suwannee, near Kuttawa, KY -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Tallahassee Rgnl (KTLH)
Destination airport:Mount Vernon (KMVN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Following a declared enroute diversion to the Kentucky Dam State Park Airport (M34), Gilbertsville, Kentucky, the aircraft impacted the wooded terrain about 10 miles short of the airport. The FAA said air traffic controllers lost contact with the Piper PA-34 after the pilot reported engine problems. Four of the five occupants onboard were fatally injured. One 7 year old occupant onboard the aircraft received unspecified injuries but walked to a nearby house to raise the alarm.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: The pilot's failure to properly set the left engine fuel selector before takeoff and to recognize the incorrect setting during the flight, which resulted in fuel starvation and a loss of engine power on both engines.

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2015/01/02/us/kentucky-plane-crash/
http://www.wave3.com/story/27750881/4-dead-7-year-old-survives-after-plane-crash-in-lyon-county-ky
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N81291
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N81291
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30664693
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2895147/Girl-7-survives-small-plane-crash-killed-four-people-Kentucky.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/sailor-gutzler-plane-crash-air-safety-experts-to-scour-site-for-clues-9956518.html
https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20150103X93856&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2015 05:52 Geno Added
03-Jan-2015 12:41 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
03-Jan-2015 14:49 MarkStep Updated [Source]
05-Jan-2015 14:29 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
23-Jan-2015 22:50 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Source]
02-Apr-2015 09:36 Anon. Updated [Time]
17-Dec-2016 13:57 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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