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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 43931
Last updated: 17 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ted Smith Aerostar 601P
Registration: N9797Q
C/n / msn: 61P-0432-160
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:West Dover, VT -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:White Plains, NY (HPN)
Destination airport:West Dover, VT (4V8)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On the day of the accident, the pilot was returning to his home airport, after dropping off friends at a different airport. No weather briefing or flight plan was filed with Flight Service for either flight. A witness and radar data depicted the accident airplane on a straight-in approach for runway 1, in a landing configuration, at a groundspeed of approximately 120 knots. The last radar target was recorded about 1/4 mile from the runway threshold, at an altitude of approximately 150 feet agl. The wreckage was later found about 1/2 mile east of the runway threshold. Review of weather information revealed general VFR conditions along the route of flight, and at reporting stations near the accident site. Gusty winds, low-level wind shear, and moderate to severe turbulence also prevailed at the time of the accident. In addition, weather radar depicted scattered light snow showers in the vicinity of the accident site, and possibly a snow squall. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. The pilot had a total flight experience of 14,000 hours, with 8,500 hours in multiengine airplanes, including 2,600 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane. He also had 4,100 hours of instrument flight experience.
Probable Cause: A loss of control during approach for undetermined reasons, which resulted in a collision with trees.



Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Dec-2017 09:32 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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