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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39634
Last updated: 16 November 2021
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Date:16-FEB-1999
Time:15:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32RT-300
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N21724
MSN: 32R 7885261
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Cartersville, GA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Marietta, GA (RYY)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
A witness observed the airplane flying 'very low' towards the Cartersville Airport, Cartersville, Georgia, when she heard the engine quit, and observed the airplane nose down and crash into the trees. Witnesses at the Cartersville Airport stated that the accident airplane never contacted them on their Unicom frequency. The airplane impacted into a wooded field about 1.6 miles northeast of the airport. The impact destroyed the airplane, scattering debris for about 700 feet on a southeast heading. Several large diameter trees were broken, or cut and components of the airplane were hanging in branches of surrounding trees. Residents adjacent to the field reported smelling a strong odor of fuel shortly after the crash. During the teardown inspection of the engine there were no pre-impact discrepancies found, nor were there any pre-impact discrepancies found with the airframe. The autopsy and toxicology reports were also non-conclusive.
Probable Cause: In flight collision with terrain for undetermined reasons.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001205X00122&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Nov-2017 17:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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