Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in DeLand: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 29, 2019 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N731PF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
421A-0164
YOM:
1968
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in a wooded area located about 4 miles southwest of DeLand Municipal Airport, near Grand Avenue and Old New York Avenue. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Buenos Aires

Date & Time: May 31, 2017 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LQ-JLY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
El Palomar - Buenos Aires
MSN:
421A-0092
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed El Palomar Airbase in Buenos Aires on a short flight to Buenos Aires-Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport. On approach, an engine failed. The pilot elected to make an emergency landing when the aircraft crashed in flames in a field located near Canning, about 9 km short of runway 35 threshold. All three crew members were injured while the aircraft was partially destroyed by fire.

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in George Town

Date & Time: Jul 22, 1982
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4567L
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
421A-0167
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll from George Town Airport, Exuma, one of the engine failed. Control was lost and the airplane veered off runway and came to rest. There were no casualties while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Engine failure during takeoff due to an apparent cylinder failure.

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Richmond: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 18, 1982 at 0912 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N33KC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Saint Louis – Richmond
MSN:
421A-0026
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2250
Captain / Total hours on type:
400.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4231
Circumstances:
During a VOR approach to runway 05 when 3 miles away from the airport at minimums ground contact was not made. The pilot stated that she elected to perform a missed approach but before power was applied the copilot raised the flaps. She further stated that she then felt a sinking feeling and put in more power. The aircraft crashed in an open field approximately 2.3 miles southwest of the airport. A pilot was killed while two other occupants were seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: approach - FAF/outer marker to threshold (IFR)
Findings
1. (f) weather condition - fog
2. (f) weather condition - below approach/landing minimums
3. (c) in-flight planning/decision - poor - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: approach - FAF/outer marker to threshold (IFR)
Findings
4. Missed approach - attempted - pilot in command
5. (c) crew/group coordination - inadequate - pilot in command
6. (c) raising of flaps - improper
7. (c) remedial action - inadequate - pilot in command
8. (c) self-induced pressure - pilot in command
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I near Miami: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 11, 1982 at 0546 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N24CC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Miami - Miami
MSN:
421A-0043
YOM:
1967
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2850
Captain / Total hours on type:
560.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3096
Circumstances:
The flight departed the Tamiami Airport, Miami, Florida at approximately 2100 est on February 9, 1982. There was no flight plan filed and the purpose, destination, and locations of possible enroute stops were not determined. The next reported communication with the flight was at 0533 on February 11, 1982 when the following transmission was recorded on the Miami international airport's control tower frequency: "mayday-mayday-mayday twin Cessna 421CC going in west of Miami, going in west of Miami." The aircraft initially impacted the terrain while on an easterly heading in a near level attitude. It bounced and impacted the second time in a 40° nose down attitude and flipped inverted. The wing fuel tanks ruptured in the crash but the main tanks were intact and found void of fuel. Both propellers separated during the crash sequence and the blade distortions were not indicative of power at the time of impact.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power(total) - nonmechanical
Phase of operation: cruise
Findings
1. (c) fluid,fuel - exhaustion
2. (c) preflight planning/preparation - inadequate - pilot in command
3. (c) judgment - poor - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: forced landing
Phase of operation: descent
----------
Occurrence #3: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: landing - flare/touchdown
Findings
4. (f) weather condition - fog
5. (f) light condition - dark night
6. (f) terrain condition - rough/uneven
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Long Beach

Date & Time: Aug 9, 1981 at 1800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N19RJ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Las Vegas - Long Beach
MSN:
421A-0192
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2000
Captain / Total hours on type:
70.00
Circumstances:
On approach to Long Beach, both engines flames out. The pilot attempted an emergency landing when the airplane struck power cables and a fence before coming to rest. All four occupants escaped with minor injuries while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Engine failure during traffic pattern and subsequent collision with wires/poles due to mismanagement of fuel. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Fuel starvation,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- Found main fuel tanks empty,
- Auxiliary tanks nearly full.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Fort Lauderdale: 5 killed

Date & Time: Feb 3, 1981 at 1608 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N4484
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bimini - Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
421A-0061
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
820
Circumstances:
While descending to Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, the pilot was instructed to initiate a go-around as a private Cessna 172 registered N739DV was on the runway. Its pilot, sole on board, was completing local touch-and-go manoeuvre. Twenty seconds later, ATC informed the pilot of the Cessna 421 that the C172 was on his right. Both airplanes collided and crashed near the airport, bursting into flames. All six occupants in both aircraft were killed.
Probable cause:
In-flight collision during a go-around after the pilot failed to see and avoid other aircraft. The following contributing factors were reported:
- ATC issued improper or conflicting instructions,
- Inadequate spacing of aircraft on part of ATC.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Lisbon: 7 killed

Date & Time: Dec 4, 1980 at 2016 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-314P
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Lisbon - Porto
MSN:
421A-0040
YOM:
1969
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
1613
Captain / Total hours on type:
42.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
744
Aircraft flight hours:
1500
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane, chartered by the Portuguese Government, was engaged in a special flight from Lisbon to Porto, carrying various members of the Portuguese Government. Shortly after takeoff from Lisbon-Portela de Sacavém Airport, while climbing by night, the twin engine airplane lost height and crashed onto several houses located in the district of Camarate. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all seven occupants were killed. There were no casualties on ground.
Occupants:
Mr. Francisco Sa Carneiro, Prime Minister,
Mrs. Francisco Sa Carneiro,
Mr. Amaro da Costa, Minister of Defence,
Mrs. Amaro da Costa,
One Chief of Cabinet and two pilots.
Probable cause:
The loss of control during initial climb was the consequence of the combination of the following factors:
- Poor flight preparation on part of the crew,
- Inadvertent shutdown of the left engine during initial climb for unknown reasons,
- The left propeller was not feathered, causing high drag,
- The flaps were not deployed in the correct position for takeoff,
- The CofG was off limits,
- Negligences of those responsible for planning and safety in the air transport of important figures of State, in an aircraft of foreign registration whose maintenance status was not previously maintained rated,
- Crew fatigue,
- Crew psychic stress accumulation.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Norfolk

Date & Time: Aug 5, 1979 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N3126K
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Myrtle Beach - Farmingdale
MSN:
421A-0107
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8000
Circumstances:
En route from Myrtle Beach to Farmingdale, the pilot encountered engine problems, informed ATC about his situation and was vectored to Norfolk for an emergency landing. The aircraft descended from 8,000 to 3,000 feet when the pilot realized he could not reach Norfolk Airport. He attempted an emergency landing when the aircraft crash landed in an open field. Both occupants were seriously injured and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure during normal cruise due to piston rings failure. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Material failure,
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- Improper in-flight decisions,
- Complete engine failure,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- N° two cylinder piston failed,
- Pilot descended from 8,000 to 3,000 feet 12 miles from field with right engine shut down.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I in Kansas City: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 22, 1979 at 0955 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N77PM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Des Moines - Kansas City
MSN:
421A-0129
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
16000
Captain / Total hours on type:
420.00
Circumstances:
On approach to Kansas City-Charles B. Wheeler-Downtown Airport, the pilot encountered very bad weather conditions with low ceiling, fog and windshear. In a zero visibility, he failed to realize his altitude was too low when the airplane struck trees and crashed in flames few miles short of runway 19 threshold. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees on final approach due to improper IFR operation. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Low ceiling,
- Fog,
- Windshear,
- Visibility at zero.
Final Report: