Accident Comp Air 6 N656AC, Saturday 17 January 1998
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Date:Saturday 17 January 1998
Time:19:15 LT
Type:Comp Air 6
Owner/operator:Via Inc Of Merritt Island
Registration: N656AC
MSN: 96125
Total airframe hrs:67 hours
Engine model:Lycoming TIO-540-AF1A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Rockledge, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Merritt Island, FL (COI
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
About forty-five minutes into the flight, several witnesses reported hearing and seeing the airplane before the accident. Witness accounts of the airplane ranged from hearing the engine sputtering to no interruption in engine power. Witnesses reported that the airplane collided with a tree and burst into flames. An examination of the accident site disclosed that wreckage debris was scattered over an area 55 feet wide and 80 feet long. The aircraft impacted the ground in a 60 to 70 degree nose low attitude. Further examination of the accident site disclosed that airplane collided with a tree along the wreckage path prior to the airplane's collision with the ground. The wreckage examination also disclosed that the entire airframe was fire damaged and the composite material, of which the airplane was constructed, was melted. Examination of the airplane failed to disclose a mechanical problem. Examination of the engine assembly also failed to disclose any pre-existing mechanical problems that would have prevented normal operation.

Probable Cause: The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. A factor was the trees in the emergency landing area.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL98LA032
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years 1 month
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
18-Mar-2013 15:12 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Apr-2024 14:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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