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Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne in Madison

Date & Time: Nov 30, 1981 at 1715 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N15SS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Peru - Louisville
MSN:
31T-7820068
YOM:
1978
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7126
Captain / Total hours on type:
1305.00
Circumstances:
While in cruising altitude from Peru to Louisville, both engines failed. The pilot reduced his altitude and attempted an emergency landing in an open field. Upon landing, the undercarriage collapsed and the airplane came to rest on its belly. All five occupants were seriously injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Engine failure in normal cruise due to inadequate preflight preparation. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Mismanagement of fuel,
- Fuel exhaustion,
- Instruments: fuel quantity gauge, erratic,
- Rough/uneven terrain,
- Complete failure of both engines,
- Forced landing off airport on land.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft E18 in Madison: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 11, 1974 at 0010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N1258
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Madison - Lexington
MSN:
BA-435
YOM:
1959
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
3366
Captain / Total hours on type:
2000.00
Circumstances:
After a night takeoff at Madison Airport, the twin engine airplane encountered difficulties to gain height when it struck tree tops and crashed in a wooded area. The aircraft was destroyed and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees after the crew misjudged altitude and clearance. The following contributing factors were reported:
- High obstructions,
- Hi trees 50 feet AGL on runway heading, 2,300 feet from runway end,
- Landing gear in transit.
Final Report: