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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 127864
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Date:18-FEB-1971
Time:19:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Owner/operator:Hawkins Construction
Registration: N8000Y
MSN: 31-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Iowa City, Iowa -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Detroit, Michigan (DTW/KDTW
Destination airport:Iowa City Municipal Airport, Iowa City, Iowa (IOW/KIOW)
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) February 18, 1971 due to a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) on final approach to Iowa City Airport, Iowa. An electrical failure which "took out" the navigation instruments was attributed as t being the primary cause of the accident. All four persons on board (pilot and three passengers) survived and sustained only minor injuries. According to the summary from the official NTSB report into the accident:

TYPE OF ACCIDENT: COLLISION WITH GROUND/WATER: CONTROLLED
PHASE OF FLIGHT: LANDING/FINAL APPROACH
PROBABLE CAUSE(S): PILOT IN COMMAND - IMPROPER IFR OPERATION
FACTOR(S): WEATHER - LOW CEILING
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - ELECTRICAL FAILURE

PILOT STATED VOR/DME FLUCTUATED. RIGHT ALTERNATOR INOPERATIVE. DESCENDED BELOW PUBLISHED MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE ON 2ND VOR APPROACH."

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: MKC71FCD58: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=58930&key=0
2. http://planecrashmap.com/list/ia/
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1971/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-cheyenne-in-iowa-city/]

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Sep-2017 19:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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