Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo B in Ampangabe: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 18, 2018 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Operator: Madagascar Trans Air (41259)">
Registration:
5R-MKF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Antananarivo - Antananarivo
MSN:
31-756
YOM:
1971
Country: Madagascar (13388)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
About five minutes after takeoff from Antananarivo-Ivato Airport, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in an open field located in Ampangabe, some 10 km southwest of the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and all five occupants were killed. They were engaged in a training flight with one instructor and two pilots under instruction on board.
Crew:
Claude Albert Ranaivoarison, pilot.
Passengers:
Eddie Charles Razafindrakoto, General of the Madagascar Air Force,
Andy Razafindrakoto, son of the General,
Kevin Razafimanantsoa, pilot trainee,
Mamy Tahiana Andrianarijaona, pilot trainee.

Crash of a Piper PA-31P Navajo in Laredo: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 8, 2018 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N82605
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31P-7730010
YOM:
1977
Location: Laredo (22008)"> Texas (16262)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Laredo Airport, the pilot reported problems and elected to return when the airplane went out of control, nosed down and crashed in a huge explosion near the runway. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed. The airplane was owned by Robert R. Marshall and apparently, the right propeller was feathered at impact.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Caernarfon: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 6, 2017 at 1829 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Registration:
N250AC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31-7612040
YOM:
1976
Location: Caernarfon (18149)"> Gwynedd (14643)">
Country: United Kingdom (13252)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
On landing at Caernarfon Airport, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and came to rest upside down in flames. The pilot, sole on board, was killed. The aircraft was totally destroyed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C near Colton: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 3, 2017 at 2030 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Operator: Strait Air (36585)">
Registration:
C-GQAM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Quebec - Montreal
MSN:
31-7912093
YOM:
1979
Location: Colton (18829)"> New York (15417)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot was completing a flight from Quebec-Jean Lesage Airport to Montreal-Saint-Hubert and was sole on board. Enroute, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a dense wooded area located near Colton, New York. The aircraft was destroyed on impact and the sole occupant was killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo near Schefferville: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 30, 2017 at 2015 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Operator: Exact Air (36747)">
Registration:
C-FQQB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Schefferville - Schefferville
MSN:
31-310
YOM:
1968
Location: Schefferville (25990)"> Quebec (15757)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was flying over the territory bordering the Caniapiscau River on a geological mission on behalf of Geo Data Solution (GDS), a subcontractor of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Canada, looking for metals in the soils. Following an uneventful flight, the crew was returning to Schefferville Airport when the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a snow covered field located north of the city. The wreckage was found few hours later and both occupants were killed. According to preliminary report, the left engine hit power cables that were found twisted around the left propeller.