Crash of a Piper PA-31-325 Navajo C/R in Sumter

Date & Time: Aug 1, 2020 at 1037 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GXKS
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
31-7512038
YOM:
1975
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing near Sumter for unknown reasons. The twin engine airplane was engaged in a mineral expiration for the United States Geological Survey, a scientific agency of the federal government. Both occupants were transported to Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Crash of a Beechcraft E18S in Sumter: 4 killed

Date & Time: Sep 17, 1972 at 1745 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N21DD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sumter - Muscle Shoals
MSN:
BA-369
YOM:
1958
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Just after liftoff, while in initial climb, one of the engine failed. The crew lost control of the aircraft that stalled and crashed in flames. All four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Powerplant failure for undetermined reason. The following factors were reported:
- The pilot-in-command failed to maintain flying speed,
- Improper emergency procedures,
- The crew failed to retract the landing gear,
- Improperly loaded aircraft,
- The aircraft was approximately 300 pounds over gross weight.
Final Report: