Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Springfield: 4 killed

Date & Time: Mar 10, 1979 at 2216 LT
Registration:
N27530
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Farmingdale - Springfield
MSN:
31-7852047
YOM:
1978
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
400
Circumstances:
On final approach to Springfield-Hartness State Airport by night and poor weather conditions, the pilot failed to realize his altitude was too low when the airplane struck the ground and crashed. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled collision with ground on final approach due to improper IFR operation. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Low ceiling,
- Rain,
- Fog,
- Visibility down to zero,
- Below minimums weather conditions,
- Published missed approach procedures not followed.
Final Report:

Crash of a Swearingen SA226T Merlin IIIA in Nassau: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 3, 1977 at 1923 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N5329M
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Farmingdale - Nassau
MSN:
T-243
YOM:
1974
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1200
Captain / Total hours on type:
600.00
Circumstances:
On final approach to Nassau Airport, the pilot decided to make a go-around when the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees on final approach.
Final Report:

Crash of a Learjet 25B in Richmond

Date & Time: Jul 3, 1975 at 0756 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N428JX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Toledo – Richmond – Farmingdale
MSN:
25-103
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6800
Captain / Total hours on type:
1600.00
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Richmond Airport, the captain decided to abandon the takeoff procedure and started an emergency braking manoeuvre. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran and collided with trees at full power. The aircraft was destroyed while all eight occupants escaped with minor injuries.
Probable cause:
Aborted takeoff after spontaneous and improper actions on part of the copilot. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Collision with trees,
- Improper operation of powerplant and powerplant controls on part of the copilot,
- Inadequate supervision of flight from the pilot-in-command,
- Both engines at or near takeoff power at impact.
Final Report: