Accident Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche N7700Y, Tuesday 1 January 2013
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Date:Tuesday 1 January 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche
Registration: N7700Y
MSN: 30-785
Year of manufacture:1965
Total airframe hrs:1370 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-320 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:1 mile SW of Walker County Airport-Bevill Field, Jasper, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Jasper, AL (JFX)
Destination airport:Jasper, AL (JFX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
According to the airport manager, who was also a flight instructor, the student pilot had completed 10 hours of dual instruction in a single-engine airplane and completed three supervised solos. After the student pilot's third supervised solo, he discontinued his training with the airport manager and enrolled in a flight program at a community college. The airport manager did not know if the student pilot continued with his training. A review of the student pilot's records revealed that he had no entries or endorsements related to multiengine, night, or instrument flights.

Instrument meteorological conditions existed on the night of the accident. An airport security video showed the accident airplane taxiing to the active runway. Shortly thereafter, the airplane’s strobe lights can be seen reflecting off of the runway and then illuminating in the low clouds; the strobe lights then disappear from the camera’s view. A witness in the area reported hearing an airplane flying low and then the sound of a loud crash. The witness subsequently contacted the local authorities, and the airplane was located 1 mile from the airport in a heavily wooded area. The airplane’s owner reported that he had not given the student pilot permission to use the airplane. An examination of the airplane did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The student pilot’s poor judgment to take a multiengine airplane for which he did not have experience or permission to operate and depart into night instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in a loss of airplane control and impact with terrain.


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Revision history:

02-Jan-2013 06:18 gerard57 Added
02-Jan-2013 07:20 gerard57 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total occupants, Location, Source]
02-Jan-2013 07:35 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Narrative]
02-Jan-2013 14:02 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
02-Jan-2013 20:00 Geno Updated [Source]
03-Jan-2013 09:39 bizjets101 Updated [Narrative]
03-Jan-2013 11:26 BoKu Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 09:36 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2013 00:45 harro Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
17-Feb-2017 19:39 ernesta Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2017 16:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2017 16:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time]
28-Nov-2017 14:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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