Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar in Buttonville: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 17, 1986
Operator:
Registration:
C-GCSM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft was on its way to the south of the US with one pilot and four golfers on board. Shortly after takeoff from runway 15, while in initial climb, the aircraft stalled, hit trees and crashed in a field located 200 yards from the Woodbine Avenue. The pilot was killed while all four passengers were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 602P) in Dayton: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 14, 1984 at 1008 LT
Registration:
N6897L
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lenoir – Dayton
MSN:
62-0932-8165055
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2600
Aircraft flight hours:
676
Circumstances:
On arrival at destination, pilot found airport obscured by fog, reported by unicom as one mile visibility. Pilot circled to await improvement. 15 minutes later, visibility improved to 1-1/2 mi. Aircraft observed briefly through breaks, then heard maneuvering to north and seen once on approximate downwind heading. Aircraft heard approaching airport then appeared in diving left turn below fog and to right of runway before impact. Approved ndb/vor dme/rnav approaches to airport have 700 feet ceiling minimum. Aircraft found configured for landing. No record of request for instrument approach. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight encounter with weather
Phase of operation: approach - vfr pattern - final approach
Findings
1. (f) in-flight planning/decision - improper - pilot in command
2. (f) not selected - pilot in command
3. (f) ifr procedure - not selected - pilot in command
4. (c) vfr flight into imc - initiated - pilot in command
5. (f) weather condition - fog
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: maneuvering
Findings
6. (c) proper alignment - not attained - pilot in command
7. (c) clearance - misjudged - pilot in command
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) in Florala

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1983 at 1500 LT
Registration:
N139TS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Florala – Crestview
MSN:
60-0139-059
YOM:
1973
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4616
Captain / Total hours on type:
430.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1400
Circumstances:
The pilot stated that during takeoff roll he experienced a power surge but the engine did not quit. He aborted the takeoff by reducing power on both engines and applying brakes. This resulted in the aircraft swerving off the right side of the runway, rolling thru the grass and striking a culvert which separated the landing gear. Wreckage examination revealed: both throttles at idle, mixture and prop controls were full forward and full rich and high rpm on respective engine controls. All cables attaching hardware was intact.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of control - on ground/water
Phase of operation: takeoff - roll/run
Findings
1. (c) directional control - not maintained - pilot in command
2. (f) ground loop/swerve - inadvertent - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: on ground/water encounter with terrain/water
Phase of operation: takeoff - roll/run
Findings
3. (f) terrain condition - rough/uneven
----------
Occurrence #3: main gear collapsed
Phase of operation: takeoff - roll/run
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 602P) in Almy: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 5, 1983 at 1730 LT
Registration:
N6893L
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Casper – Almy
MSN:
62P-0893-8165025
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1642
Captain / Total hours on type:
341.00
Aircraft flight hours:
372
Circumstances:
Before departing, the pilot obtained a weather briefing and was advised of a sigmet which forecasted severe turbulence below 18,000 feet, strong up/downdrafts, strong surface winds and wind shear near mountains and in passes. He took off with full fuel tanks and approximately 400 lbs of cargo on board. ARTCC reported that the en route portion of the flight was handled routinely. During arrival, the pilot contacted the airport unicom for a landing advisory. A King Air pilot was arriving at about the same time and asked the Aerostar pilot if he was making a full stop. The Aerostar pilot replied that he was. The King Air pilot lost sight of the Aerostar and began a 360° turn. He asked the Aerostar pilot to advise of his position, and shortly thereafter, the Aerostar pilot transmitted three mayday calls. Reportedly, the aircraft nosed up and went into a steep right bank just before impact. No preimpact mechanical failure/malfunction was found. There was evidence that most of the cargo was in the baggage compartment (limited to 240 lbs) and could have moved the CofG well beyond the aft limit. Elevator trim found full nose down. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: approach - VFR pattern - base leg/base to final
Findings
1. (c) preflight planning/preparation - inadequate - pilot in command
2. (c) aircraft weight and balance - exceeded - pilot in command
3. Light condition - dusk
4. Visual lookout - reduced - pilot in command
5. (f) diverted attention - pilot in command
6. Aircraft handling - not maintained - pilot in command
7. Stall - uncontrolled - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) in Burbank: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 8, 1982 at 0616 LT
Registration:
N8007J
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Burbank – Farmington
MSN:
60-0493-160
YOM:
1978
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
17000
Aircraft flight hours:
709
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed into IFR conditions with a non-instrument rated pilot in the left front seat and his wife, an instrument rated pilot, in the right front seat. After the pilot reported climbing through 2,800 ft msl, the radar controller observed that the aircraft deviated from the course and began to lose altitude. He attempted to communicate with the pilot, but was unable. Witnesses observed the aircraft maneuver in and out of the overcast. Two witnesses watched it change course to the right from southeast to northwest, pull up into the overcast, then dive out of the clouds in a near vertical attitude and crash. During an examination of the wreckage, no preimpact, mechanical failures were found. The aircraft was designed to be flown in instrument conditions from only the left front seat. Both occupants as well as one person on the ground were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: climb - to cruise
Findings
1. (c) procedures/directives - improper - pilot in command
2. (c) inadequate transition/upgrade training - pilot in command
3. (c) flight into known adverse weather - performed - pilot in command
4. (f) weather condition - low ceiling
5. (f) weather condition - fog
6. (c) aircraft handling - not maintained - pilot in command
7. (c) spatial disorientation - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) in Portland

Date & Time: Apr 29, 1982 at 1258 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N133TS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
60-0130-057
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5500
Captain / Total hours on type:
18.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2415
Circumstances:
While descending near the destination, the left engine stopped running. The pilot attempted two airstarts which were unsuccessful. He feathered and secured the left engine and requested radar vectors to the nearest airport. A visual approach was made to the hunt airport at Portland, TX. The pilot stated that he was having no difficulty in maintaining airspeed even with the gear down until he was on final approach. On short final, he extended full flaps. He stated that as soon as he put the flap handle down, he realized he made a mistake, but it was too late to take any action to prevent the aircraft from landing Short. The aircraft touched down on rising terrain between the end of the runway and a nearby shoreline, traveled up the embankment and onto the runway, then burned. The pilot escaped with only minor injuries. The fire damaged left engine was disassembled, but no preimpact failure was found. Reportedly, the plane had not been flown since Feb 82. Before takeoff, the battery was dead. The pilot was slightly injured.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power
Phase of operation: descent - normal
Findings
1. (c) reason for occurrence undetermined
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Occurrence #2: undershoot
Phase of operation: approach - VFR pattern - final approach
Findings
2. (c) lowering of flaps - premature - pilot in command
3. Precautionary landing - performed - pilot in command
4. (f) lack of total experience in kind of aircraft - pilot in command
5. (c) airspeed - not maintained - pilot in command
6. (c) stall/mush - inadvertent - pilot in command
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Occurrence #3: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: approach - VFR pattern - final approach
Findings
7. (f) terrain condition - rising
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) off Sebastian: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 8, 1981 at 0911 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N6897X
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Vero Beach - Vero Beach
MSN:
60-8265-005
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
8000
Captain / Total hours on type:
6.00
Circumstances:
The crew departed Vero Beach Airport on a local post production test flight. En route, while cruising along the coast, the twin engine airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 16 miles off shore. Both pilots were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60P near Mead: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 17, 1981 at 1710 LT
Registration:
N68904
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Grand Junction – Walden
MSN:
60-0873-8161248
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
668
Captain / Total hours on type:
70.00
Circumstances:
While cruising poor weather conditions, the pilot got lost and disoriented. Due to an insufficient flying speed, the airplane stalled, entered a dive and crashed near Mead. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Stall and subsequent loss of control due to inadequate preflight preparation. The following contributing factors were reported:
- The pilot became lost/disoriented,
- The pilot continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions,
- The pilot failed to maintain flying speed,
- Rain,
- Low ceiling,
- Thunderstorm activity,
- Visibility half a mile or less.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) off Honolulu: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 19, 1981
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-EHR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
60-0312-116
YOM:
1977
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, was completing a delivery flight, the airplane being transferred to its new owner. In unclear circumstances, the aircraft crashed into the sea off Honolulu. Despite intensive search, the aircraft and the pilot were not recovered.
Probable cause:
Due to lack of evidences, the cause of the accident could not be determined.

Crash of a Piper PA-60 Aerostar (Ted Smith Aerostar 600) in Sikeston: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 22, 1979 at 1325 LT
Registration:
N90501
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Sikeston - Sikeston
MSN:
60-0289-109
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
6407
Captain / Total hours on type:
275.00
Circumstances:
While in traffic pattern at Sikeston Airport, the twin engine airplane suffered an engine failure. It lost height then struck power cables and crashed in a field. The pilot was killed and the passenger was injured.
Probable cause:
Engine failure and subsequent collision with power cables due to improper maintenance on part of the maintenance personnel. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Fuel system: ram air assembly, collapsed,
- Improper in-flight decisions,
- Improper emergency procedures,
- Complete failure one engine,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- Engine air inlet duct collapsed.
Final Report: