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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246440
Last updated: 24 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-250 Comanche
Owner/operator:Aircom LLC
Registration: N8347P
MSN: 24-3604
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:N of Oakland Southwest Airport (Y47), New Hudson, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Cherokee County Regional Airport, GA (CNI/KCNI)
Destination airport:Oakland Southwest Airport (Y47), MI
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

There was no record that the pilot obtained a weather briefing or filed a flight plan on the day of the
accident. He departed Cherokee County Airport (CNI), Canton, GA at 1221 and flew GPS (Global
Positioning System) direct at 7,500 ft, estimated to arrive at Y47 at 1542. The pilot was not instrument

About 1457, while inbound at 7,000 ft, the pilot established radio communications with the Detroit
TRACON (terminal radar approach control). After the pilot was given the Detroit altimeter setting, the
pilot asked the approach controller if there had been any icing PIREPs (pilot reports). The controller
replied that there had not been any for the past hour and added that a pilot landing at Willow Run
Airport (YIP), Ypsilanti, Michigan, located 16 miles south of Y47, had reported no icing in the clouds,
and said the cloud bases were at 300 ft. The controller asked the pilot his intentions, and the pilot
replied he would “give it (the approach) a shot.” The pilot added that if he had to make a missed
approach, he would proceed to Oakland County International Airport (PTK), Pontiac, Michigan, located
13 miles northeast of Y47. The controller reiterated that the cloud bases in the area were reported to
be 300 ft.

The pilot was cleared to descend to 4,000 ft, then to 3,000 ft, and instructed to fly a heading of 020° to
intercept the final approach course. The controller then told the pilot to maintain 2,700 ft or above
until established on the final approach course. Although the pilot was cleared for the VOR-A or GPS-A
approach, it had been NOTAMed (Notice to Airmen) as unavailable. This notice was displayed on the
Information Display System (IDS) at the radar position. The controller told the pilot to contact the
Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) and to report back to him if he executed a missed
approach or cancelled his IFR clearance after landing.

The airplane continued to descend to about 1,900 ft msl and passed over Y47. It then appeared to
climb slightly to about 2,000 ft before it entered two descending left hand spiral turns at decreasing
airspeed. Track data was lost about 1541 near the accident location, which was about ½-mile north of
Y47. There was a post-impact fire that destroyed the airplane and did substantial damage to a house.
There were no ground injuries, but a cat inside the house was fatally injured..

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Revision history:

02-Jan-2021 22:02 Geno Added
03-Jan-2021 00:45 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2021 04:21 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2021 14:33 harro Updated [Embed code]
03-Jan-2021 15:46 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
10-Jul-2021 09:13 aaronwk Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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