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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13628
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Owner/operator:Topps Factory Outlet of Nashville Inc
Registration: N11HW
MSN: 31-362
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hickory Ridge, near Chatsworth, Georgia -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, Tennessee (TYS/KTYS)
Destination airport:Richard B. Russell Airport, Rome, Georgia (RMG/KRMG)
Written off (destroyed) 5 July 1974: aircraft collided with trees on a mountainside at Hickory Ridge near Chatsworth, Georgia (at approximate co ordinates 34.95 N, 84.57 W) killing the 44-year-old pilot (sole person on board). At the time of the accident there were thunderstorms in the local area, heavy rain, and mountain peaks hidden in clouds. Aircraft hit mountain at about 4,000 feet amsl.

Aircraft initially posted as "missing" until wreckage recovered on July 10, 1974. Some of the wreckage is still (reportedly) "Visible in the Fall and Winter". The NTSB report blamed the accident on the pilot continuing to fly a VFR flight plan in adverse weather conditions. Registration N11HW cancelled by the FAA on May 5, 1975


1. NTSB Identification: NYC75AN003 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
21-Apr-2015 00:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Apr-2015 00:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Sep-2017 16:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Sep-2017 16:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
29-Oct-2019 18:09 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]

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