Accident Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II N47488, Saturday 6 May 1978
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Date:Saturday 6 May 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
Owner/operator:Gulf Leasing Inc
Registration: N47488
MSN: 34-7770401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Hester-Noble Airport, Laurel, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Hesler-Noble Field, Jones County, Mississippi (LUL/KLUL)
Destination airport:Hawkins Field, Hinds County, Mississippi (HKS/KHKS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written of (destroyed) May 6, 1978 when crashed at Laurel, Jones County, Mississippi during the initial climb out phase from Hesler-Noble Field, Jones County, Mississippi, three miles southwest of Laurel, Mississippi. The pilot - the sole person on board - survived, although seriously injured.

According to the official NTSB report into the accident, the cause of the crash was "undetermined"; however, the crash took place very early in the morning (06:32am) in foggy conditions and with a low (500 foot) cloud ceiling.

Despite being destroyed in May 1978, the registration N47488 was not cancelled by the FAA until July 27 1995 - 17 years later.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MIA78FKQ10
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


1. NTSB Identification: MIA78FKQ10 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

01-Dec-2016 17:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Dec-2016 17:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Sep-2023 01:48 Ron Averes Updated

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