Date & Time: Jul 10, 1980 at 0858 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Registration:
N776SW
Flight Type:
Executive
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Charleston - Paducah
MSN:
31-7730009
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
12400
Captain / Total hours on type:
705
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Charleston-Intl Airport, while climbing, the right engine failed. The crew contacted ATC and was cleared to return for an emergency landing. The crew made a 180 turn to reach the approach path when the airplane lost height and crashed in a wooded area. A pilot was killed while five other occupants were injured.
Probable cause:
Powerplant failure for undetermined reasons. The following contributing factors were reported:
- The pilot-in-command failed to follow approved procedures,
- Improper emergency procedures,
- Complete engine failure one engine,
- Right engine not feathered.
Final Report:
N776SW.pdf98.26 KB