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Crash of a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage in Shreveport: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 28, 2019 at 1039 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N428CD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Shreveport - Vernon
MSN:
46-36232
YOM:
1999
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
On February 28, 2019, about 1039 central standard time, a Piper PA-46-350P airplane, N428CD, impacted a river after departing from Shreveport Downtown Airport (DTN), Shreveport, Louisiana. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Lennard Properties LLC and was being operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The airplane departed on an instrument flight rules flight plan at 1037 during day instrument meteorological conditions, with a destination of Wilbarger Country Airport (F05), Vernon, Texas. The pilot and passenger were flying to a ranch near F05 for a hunting trip. According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) information, after departing from Runway 32 and reaching 600 ft mean sea level (msl), ATC instructed the pilot to turn left to a heading of 270° and continue climbing to 12,000 ft msl. The airplane turned left continuously for 740 degrees. During this turn, after climbing steadily to 1,400 ft msl, the airplane's altitude began to oscillate between 725 ft and 1,900 ft msl. The airplane subsequently made a decelerating turn to the right and quickly descended, with the last recorded ATC data indicating a ground speed of 31 knots and an altitude of 575 ft msl. The airplane impacted the Red River and came to rest about 17 ft below the river's surface.

Crash of a Cessna 411A in Shreveport: 6 killed

Date & Time: May 8, 1986 at 1540 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N49DD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Shreveport - Baton Rouge
MSN:
411-0266
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
1554
Captain / Total hours on type:
164.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4609
Circumstances:
The pilot reportedly did an unusual amount of engine run-up before pulling onto the runway. He then performed another run-up before departing. This is evidence that he was aware of a problem with his aircraft. The engine(s) were popping and puffing black smoke during the ground run. Yet, the takeoff was continued. The popping and smoke puffing continued after liftoff. A noticeable loss of airspeed occurred during the climbout. The aircraft started the third roll (into the bad engine) before finally going inverted. The aircraft's allowable gross weight was exceeded by at least 205 pounds at takeoff, however, the center of gravity remained within its specified limits. Internal examination of the right engine exhibited evidence that it had operated at sometime on a mixture of gasoline and jet fuel. All six occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (partial) - mech failure/malf
Phase of operation: takeoff - initial climb
Findings
1. (c) operation with known deficiencies in equipment - intentional - pilot in command
2. (c) engine assembly, piston - burned
3. (c) fluid, fuel grade - improper
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Occurrence #2: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: takeoff - initial climb
Findings
4. (c) airspeed - not maintained - pilot in command
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Occurrence #3: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
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Occurrence #4: fire
Phase of operation: other
Final Report: