Piper PA-31T, Coahuila, Mexico, July 7, 2010–While carrying several government officials on a flight to survey flooding from a recent hurricane, the Mexican-registered Cheyenne crashed, destroying the twin turboprop and killing the pilot and all seven passengers. VMC prevailed at the time of the crash. The Mexican government is conducting the accident investigation.
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Piper PA-31P, Woodruff, Wis., May 25, 2003–At 5:54 p.m. CDT a Piper P Navajo N36DR, piloted by an ATP-rated pilot, crashed into trees immediately after takeoff from 5,150-foot Runway 36 at Lakeland Airport near Woodruff, Wis. The Part 91 flight was operating in VMC on an IFR flight plan for DuPage Airport, West Chicago, Ill. All four occupants were killed.
UK block-charter firm European Skytime has introduced a new “First Step” alternative to its Flight Commitment program. The new option offers lower flight-hour rates for companies willing to nominate a local airport as their home base for all trips. Initially, 25 UK airports are being targeted for the program, including Gloucestershire Staverton (where European Skytime is based), Cambridge and Norwich.
The fatal crash on September 20 of an American Eurocopter AStar operated by Las Vegas air-tour operator Sundance Helicopters killed all six of the rotorcraft’s passengers, as well as the helicopter’s pilot, Takashi Mezaki, 45. The single-turbine helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the Grand Canyon near Meadview, Ariz., about the same vicinity where another AStar–flown by Papillon Air Tours–crashed on Aug. 10, 2001, killing six people.
PA-31-350 AND PA-44-180, BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J., AUG. 9, 2000– Piper Navajo Chieftain N27944, operated by Patuxent Airways of Hollywood, Md., and Piper Seminole N2225G, operated by Hortman Aviation Services of Philadelphia, were both destroyed when they collided in midair at 7:52 a.m. EST over Burlington Township.
PIPER PA-31T AND CESSNA 172P, DENVER, COLO., JAN. 24, 2003–Piper N360LL–registered to and operated by Lee Larson Aircraft Sales of Northglenn, Colo.–collided with a Cessna N52241 (registered to and operated by EDB Air of Englewood, Colo.) over Denver at approximately 5:22 p.m. MST.
PIPER PA-31T, HOBBS, N.M., OCT. 30, 2002–At approximately 7:33 a.m. MST the twin-turboprop Piper was destroyed when the pilot lost control shortly after takeoff in IMC. The sole-occupant instrument-rated private pilot was killed in the crash.
The crash of a Piper Navajo Chieftain in Kodiak, Alaska, on Saturday might have been precipitated by the unexpected opening of a nose baggage door just after takeoff from Kodiak Airport, the NTSB said. According to an FAA preliminary report, the pilot and five passengers were killed and four more were injured when the 10-seat piston twin operated by charter firm Servant Air crashed off the end of the runway into the water.
Piper PA-31T and Cessna 172, Denver, Colo., Jan. 24, 2003–At about 5 p.m. CST, Cessna 172P N52241 departed from Denver Centennial Airport (APA) en route to Cheyenne, Wyo. N52241 was rented from Key Lime Flight based at Centennial Airport. About 10 minutes later Piper Cheyenne N360LL departed Jefferson County Airport (BJC) in the Denver area en route to APA.
• Failure of the pilots of two light piston twins to see and avoid each other in VMC caused a midair collision that killed 11 people aboard both airplanes, concluded the NTSB in its final report of the Aug. 9, 2000 accident. The collision, which occurred over Burlington Township, N.J., involved a Patuxent Airways Piper Navajo Chieftain and a Hortman Aviation Services Piper Seminole.
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