Accident American Aviation AA-5 Traveler N5803L, Sunday 2 January 1972
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Date:Sunday 2 January 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
American Aviation AA-5 Traveler
Registration: N5803L
MSN: AA5-0003
Year of manufacture:1971
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tew Mac Airport, Tewksbury, Massachusetts -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Tew Mac Airport (FAA LID: B09) Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Destination airport:Tew Mac Airport (FAA LID: B09) Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Third production Grumman American AA-5: first registered as N5803L on 12 October 1971. Written off (destroyed) January 2, 1972 when crashed on take off at the start of a local flight from Tew Mac Airport, Tewksbury, Massachusetts (at approximate Coordinates: 42°35′32″N 71°12′16″W). Take off attempted from runway area too short for existing conditions. Local weather conditions included snow and slush, 1/4 to 1/2 inches deep.

Carburettor icing was also considered to be a possible contributary cause. Aircraft caught fire after impact, but the four persons on board (instructor, pilot under training and two passengers) all survived.

C of A expired 14 January 1977, but registration N5803L not finally cancelled by the FAA on 8 December 2010.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC72FNA24
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report


1. NTSB Identification: NYC72FNA24 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

23-May-2016 17:50 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-May-2016 17:53 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Jul-2016 18:16 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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