Crash of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne in Falkenstein: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 19, 2009 at 1240 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-IDIA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Francfort-Reichelsheim
MSN:
42-5501055
YOM:
1989
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:

Few minutes after take off from Frankfurt-Main Airport, while climbing to cruise, the aircraft stalled and crashed in a wooded area located near Falkenstein, north of Frankfurt airport. The pilot, sole occupant, was killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne in Prescott: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 18, 2006 at 1347 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N121CS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Prescott - Prescott
MSN:
42-8001032
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
4363
Aircraft flight hours:
5317
Circumstances:
The pilot of a MiG 21 and the pilot of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne III met just prior to the flight to discuss the flight in which the Cheyenne pilot would be taking aerial photos of the MiG. The two pilots established a minimum altitude of 2,500 to 3,000 feet agl and 200 knots as their minimum airspeed. The pilots did not establish a minimum separation distance, as it was not intended to be a formation flight. The MiG pilot reported that after takeoff the aircraft experienced a problem with the landing gear retraction. The pilot recycled the landing gear and a successful gear retraction was indicated. The MiG pilot notified the Cheyenne pilot of the situation and the Cheyenne pilot indicated that they would join up with the MiG, look it over and check-out the landing gear, and let the MiG pilot know what they saw. The MiG pilot flew at 9,000 feet msl in a 30-degree right hand turn at 200 knots (about 90 percent power set) with approach flaps selected (approximately 25 degrees) until the Cheyenne met up with the MiG. The MiG pilot reported that he observed the Cheyenne meet up with him at his 5 o'clock position about 300-400 feet behind him and about the same altitude. In this position, the Cheyenne was in the direct path of the high velocity jet core exhaust from the MiG. The MiG pilot looked forward and when he looked back, he could not see the Cheyenne. The Cheyenne pilot then contacted the MiG pilot and made a comment about the right landing gear or gear door, but the statement was not completed. The MiG pilot did not hear back from the Cheyenne pilot. The MiG pilot then observed smoke rising from the desert terrain and notified air traffic control. The airport manager that was monitoring the conversation between the two aircraft stated that he heard the Cheyenne pilot indicate that he would "drop down and go underneath and let you know how it looks." Wreckage documentation noted that the main wreckage was located in an inverted position on flat terrain. The T-tail, which consisted of the upper half of the vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, and elevator had separated in flight and was located about 1/2 mile south of the main wreckage. Inspection of the upper portion of the aft vertical spar displayed a right bend and twist at the point of separation. No evidence of pre-existing cracks, corrosion or wear was noted to the material. Inspection of the MiG aircraft found no evidence of contact between the two aircraft.
Probable cause:
The failure of the pilot following a jet aircraft to maintain adequate separation from the high velocity jet core exhaust. The separation of the T-tail upper section vertical stabilizer of the following aircraft due to contact with the high velocity jet core exhaust was a factor.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne in Zurich

Date & Time: Oct 28, 2003 at 0742 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-IFSH
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Leipzig-Zurich
MSN:
42-8001101
YOM:
1982
Flight number:
RUS1050
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1000
Captain / Total hours on type:
900.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
500
Copilot / Total hours on type:
34
Aircraft flight hours:
5276
Aircraft flight cycles:
4370
Circumstances:
In thick fog, the twin engine aircraft missed the runway and landed between runway 14 and 16. Both pilots were slightly injured and the aircraft was written off. Runway Visual Range (RVR) estimated at 250 meters at the time of the accident.

Crash of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne in Iowa

Date & Time: Jan 30, 2002 at 1810 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N66MT
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Denver-Ames
MSN:
42-8166060
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

While approaching at too low altitude, the twin engine aircraft hit an electric pole and crashed in an open field 800 meters short of runway 01. Visibility was good and the pilot did not care about the PAPI position.

Crash of a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne in Treinta y Tres

Date & Time: Mar 20, 1998 at 1315 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CX-ROU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Treinta y Tres-Montevideo
MSN:
42-8001074
YOM:
1982
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0