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Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II in Lafayette: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 28, 2019 at 0920 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N42CV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Lafayette - Atlanta
MSN:
31T-8020067
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Lafayette Airport runway 22L at 0918 on a private flight to Atlanta-DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Georgia, carrying five passengers and one pilot. During initial climb, at an altitude of 375 feet, the airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed near a post office in Lafayette, bursting into flames. Debris scattered on a large area and at least one vehicle (a taxi) was hit. A passenger on the plane as well as three people on the ground were seriously injured while five other occupants in the plane were killed. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. It is believed the airplane may struck power cables during initial climb.

Crash of a Beechcraft C-45G Expeditor in Lafayette: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 3, 1976 at 0542 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N3329G
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lafayette - Patterson
MSN:
AF-267
YOM:
1953
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2875
Captain / Total hours on type:
520.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Lafayette Regional Airport, while climbing by night, the airplane lost height, struck trees and crashed in a swamp. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed. Weather conditions were marginal at the time of the accidents with fog.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees during initial climb due to inadequate preflight preparation. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Initiated flight in adverse weather conditions,
- Improper operation of flight controls,
- Improperly loaded aircraft, CofG,
- Cargo shifted,
- Aircraft came to rest in water,
- Fog,
- Entered unknown thin layer of fog,
- Did not update weather.
Final Report: