Date & Time: Oct 17, 2016 at 1243 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-61 Aerostar (Ted Smith 601)
Landing (descent or approach)
Bitburg - Karlsruhe
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
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Aircraft flight hours:
Following an uneventful flight from Bitburg, the pilot was cleared for an approach to Karlsruhe-Baden Baden Airport Runway 21. On final approach, while completing a sharp turn to the left to join the runway, the twin engine airplane stalled and crashed in an open field, bursting into flames. The pilot was seriously injured and the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire. The wreckage was found about 500 metres from the runway threshold and 350 metres to the left of the runway extended centerline.
The aircraft stalled on final approach while completing a sharp turn to the left at an insufficient speed with an insufficient distance with the ground, following an unstabilized approach. The limited visibility was considered as a contributing factor.