Date & Time: Jun 1, 1973 at 2113 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-61 Aerostar (Ted Smith 601)
Buffalo - Pittsburgh
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The crew departed Buffalo Airport on a cargo flight to Pittsburgh. Few minutes after takeoff, the right engine caught fire and the crew declared an emergency. The fire spread to the engine nacelle and the right wing that detached. Out of control, the airplane dove into the ground and crashed in flames in an open field located in Hamburg, about 15,5 miles south of Buffalo Airport. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed.
Fire of undetermined source in the right engine resulted in an in-flight separation of the right wing.