Accident Piper PA-31 Navajo C (Colemill Panther conv.) N4077W, Saturday 3 June 2023
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Date:Saturday 3 June 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-31 Navajo C (Colemill Panther conv.)
Registration: N4077W
MSN: 31-8112031
Year of manufacture:1980
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP/KTUP), Tupelo, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Tupelo-Regional Airport, MS (TUP/KTUP)
Destination airport:Jackson-McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport, TN (MKL/KMKL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On June 3, 2023, about 0811 central daylight time, a Piper PA-31-325, N4077W, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near the Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP), Tupelo, Mississippi. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A review of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) flight data indicated that the pilot departed runway 36 and initiated a right climbing turn to about 330 ft above ground level (AGL) and a maximum ground speed of 102 kts. Subsequently, the airplane continued the right turn and began a descent. The last data point showed the airplane’s altitude about 280ft agl, and a ground speed of about 72 kts. The airplane subsequently impacted terrain in a nose-low attitude, and a postcrash fire ensued.

Airport surveillance video revealed that during the last few seconds of flight, the airplane’s right wing dropped, and the airplane spiraled to the ground.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for future examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR23FA208
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


NTSB (photo)



Revision history:

03-Jun-2023 19:19 Captain Adam Added
03-Jun-2023 19:50 RobertMB Updated
04-Jun-2023 04:32 Captain Adam Updated
04-Jun-2023 15:09 RobertMB Updated
04-Jun-2023 15:23 Aerossurance Updated
04-Jun-2023 17:03 Anon. Updated
05-Jun-2023 00:55 RobertMB Updated
24-Jun-2023 00:30 Captain Adam Updated

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