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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236713
Last updated: 20 January 2021
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Time:c. 15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic PAY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne
Registration: N135VE
C/n / msn: 31T-7520024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:northeast of Eatonton, Putnam County, GA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Williston Municipal Airport, FL (X60)
Destination airport:New Castle Henry Co. Municipal Airport, IN (KUWL)
The aircraft experienced an inflight breakup and subsequent impact with wooded terrain northeast of Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia.

The airplane was destroyed during the accident sequence. The pilot and four related passengers onboard were fatally injured. Weather may have been a factor to the incident.

The aircraft departed from Williston Municipal Airport (X60), Florida, and was headed to New Castle Henry Co. Municipal Airport (KUWL), Indiana. The family were on their way to a funeral along with the pilot.

Flightaware information shows that while cruising at 25,000 feet, the aircraft entered a right turn then disappeared from the radar. An eyewitness captured a video of the the plane falling from the sky, the plane was on fire.

LiveATC radio transmissions (limited):

14:02:08 (N135VE): Williston traffic uh Cheyenne 135VE just departed 23, right turn out. We’re gonna come on back and uh enter a right base for uh…
14:02:21 (N135VE): Enter a right base 23 and uh…??? copy
14:02:30 (N135VE): ???
14:02:48 (N135VE): Yeah, Jacks Approach, 135VE, we just departed 23. We’re actually gonna circle back around and land back on 23. We uh, we forget a set of keys.
14:03:15 (N135VE): Okay, yeah, we’ll just, uh, depart VFR and uh give you a call back on uh on this frequency, 135VE.

14:04:31 (N135VE): Williston tra-
14:04:33 (N135VE): Williston traffic, Cheyenne 135VE, we’re actually uh comin’ back out uh, about four miles, uh, to the north. We’re gonna come in, uh, straight-in final for uh 23, ???

14:05:51 (N135VE): And Williston traffic, Cheyenne 135VE, uh, short final 23.

-(N135VE lands back at X60)

14:13:10 (N135VE): Jacks Approach, Cheyenne 135VE.
14:13:20 (N135VE): Squawking 1521, and we are uh one thousand feet.
14:13:39 (N135VE): One zero, ten thousand. 5VE.

14:15:40 (N135VE): 125.37 for 135VE

-N135VE contacts ZJX77 (Taylor Low). No transcript is available. They later contact ZJX79 (Baxly Low), but the audio archive is limited.

14:50 approx (N135VE): Jacks Center, 135VE is with you uh levelling at 220

-Nothing of note can be found on any other centers. N135VE appears to have contacted ZLT32 (Spartanburg High), roughly half a minute after Flightaware records its last ADS-B signal. The flight crashes roughly four miles north-northwest of its last recorded position.

15:20:38 (ZTL32): N135VE, Atlanta?

Sources: (photo)

Revision history:

06-Jun-2020 02:16 Geno Added
06-Jun-2020 02:17 Geno Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Jun-2020 02:24 Geno Updated [Registration, Narrative]
06-Jun-2020 02:25 Geno Updated [Source]
06-Jun-2020 06:30 RobertMB Updated [Total fatalities]
06-Jun-2020 06:38 RobertMB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2020 09:08 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
06-Jun-2020 09:51 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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