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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44592
Last updated: 21 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche
Owner/operator:Archie Theadore Simpson
Registration: N7654Y
MSN: 30-732
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Charleston International Airport, Charleston, South Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Charleston, SC (CHS)
Destination airport:Summerville, SC (DYB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Forty seconds after takeoff, the pilot radioed that he had an emergency and was banking the airplane hard to the left to return to runway 21. Controllers informed the pilot that runway 21 was not cleared and that he could land on runway 33. The airplane collided with the ground between runways 21 and 33. Examination of the aircraft revealed the left hand fuel selector was found selected to the main tank position and approximately one-quart of fuel was drained from this tank. Three gallons are considered unusable. The right hand fuel selector was found selected to the auxiliary fuel tank position. At least five gallons of fuel was found in that tank. Neither the left main nor the right auxiliary tanks were breached. The airplane was fitted with tip tanks installed under a Supplemental Type Certificate. The tip tank switches located on the instrument panel, were found in the auxiliary or off position. The tip tanks were found breached and fire damaged. The airplane's flight manual calls for takeoff and landing to be made on the main fuel tanks only. The post-accident examination of the airframe and subsystems failed to disclose any mechanical problems or component failures.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight and mismanagement of the fuel supply, which resulted in fuel exhaustion.


FAA register: 2. FAA:


Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Apr-2017 16:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Apr-2017 18:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
06-Dec-2017 06:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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