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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164442
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P68 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Partenavia P.68 Observer
Owner/operator:Paragon Inc.
Registration: N947MZ
MSN: 316-12/OB
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Panda Airport (HI49), Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Honolulu, HI (PHNL)
Destination airport:Molokai, HI (HI49)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that the flight was conducted at night and he used his GPS track to align with the runway. When the pilot activated the runway lights, the airplane was about 1/4 mile to the left of the runway and 1/2 mile from the approach end. The pilot made an aggressive right turn then hard left turn to make the runway for landing. While maneuvering on short final, at 50 feet above ground level (agl), the airplane's right wing impacted the tops of a number of trees that lined the southeast side of the runway. The airplane descended rapidly and landed hard, collapsing the landing gear and spinning the airplane around 180 degrees laterally, where it came to rest against some trees. The right wing's impact with trees and the hard landing resulted in substantial damage.

The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate decision to continue an unstable approach in dark night conditions, which resulted in a collision with trees and hard landing.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

05-Mar-2014 07:46 Alexander Wyche Added
05-Mar-2014 18:02 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature]
05-Mar-2014 20:13 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Country, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2014 22:42 Geno Updated [Date, Source]
06-Mar-2014 07:14 Alexander Wyche Updated [Time]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 13:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jan-2020 12:41 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]

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