Crash of a Piper PA-61 Aerostar in Miami: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 10, 2017 at 1450 LT
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N7529S
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
61-0161-082
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Miami-Executive Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in a field located 1,5 mile west of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed. The airplane was owned by Carman W. Rollo.

Crash of a Piper PA-61P Aerostar in Donegal Springs

Date & Time: Aug 19, 2017 at 1642 LT
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N7108
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
61P-0405-142
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Control was lost while taking off from Donegal Springs Airpark, Pennsylvania. The twin engine aircraft (owned by Kurt Heitmeier) veered off runway and lost its right main gear while contacting soft ground. The airplane came to rest by a cornfield with its right wing bent. The pilot, sole on board, was uninjured.

Crash of a Piper PA-61P Aerostar in Wheeling

Date & Time: Dec 18, 2004 at 2215 LT
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N60CF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
61P-0415-149
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot attempted a night landing on a taxiway in front of the control tower, which was closed at the time. The airplane overran the end of the taxiway, rolled down an embankment and struck trees. The pilot, whose identity was not confirmed, was believed to have incurred minor injuries. He subsequently paid a passerby to take him to a local hotel, and after a night's rest, he left the area. Ownership of the airplane could not be determined due to a recent sale. Approximately 250 kilos of cocaine were found onboard the airplane. Further investigation was being conducted by federal authorities and local law enforcement.
Causes:
The pilot misjudged his distance/speed, and his intentional landing on an unsuitable taxiway
at night. A factor in the accident was the night light conditions.
Final Report:

Crash of a Ted Smith 601 in Santa Fe: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 15, 1969 at 0915 LT
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N7442S
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Santa Fe – Dallas
MSN:
61-0025-054
YOM:
1969
Location: Santa Fe (25864)"> New Mexico (15412)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Santa Fe Airport, the airplane failed to gain sufficient speed but the pilot did not abandoned the procedure and continued. After liftoff, the airplane encountered difficulties to gain height then stalled and crashed in flames. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed.
Causes:
Improper operation of powerplant & powerplant controls and inadequate preflight preparation on part of the pilot. The following factors were reported:
- The pilot failed to abort takeoff,
- High density altitude,
- Lack of familiarity with aircraft,
- Takeoff made with mixture controls too lean,
- Density altitude about 8,200 feet,
- Insufficient runway for takeoff.
Final Report: