Accident Piper PA-34-200 Seneca N55951, Tuesday 18 May 1976
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Date:Tuesday 18 May 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:LAB Flying Service Inc
Registration: N55951
MSN: 34-7350264
Year of manufacture:1973
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Petersburg, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Haines Airport, Haines, Alaska (HNS/PHN)
Destination airport:Wrangell, Alaska (WRG/PAWG)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Writren off May 18, 1976 when crashed near Petersburg, Alaska: aircraft flew into the ground due to loss of control for undetermined reason. However, the official NTSB report also alludes that the pilot may have continued a VFR flight in conditions that were more suited to IFR flight. ("PILOT IN COMMAND - CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS").

All six persons on board (pilot and five passengers) were killed. The aircraft was destroyed in a post impact fire. However, the registration not cancelled by the FAA until August 27, 2012 - 36 years later(!)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC76AA088
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


1. NTSB Identification: ANC76AA088 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
29-Nov-2016 20:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2016 20:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Nov-2016 14:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]

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