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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 197148
Last updated: 1 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
Registration: N56884
C/n / msn: 28-7425057
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:1/2 mi NE Sky Manor Airport, in Franklin, Hunterdon County, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Blairstown, NJ (1N7)
Destination airport:Pittstown, NJ (N40)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot owned the airplane and intended to conduct a 20-minute night, cross-country flight to a nearby airport for avionics installation. During a circling descent to the destination airport, the airplane collided with trees and terrain, which resulted in a postcrash fire.
Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The student had a total flight experience of 105 hours, of which 5 hours were at night. He had not flown during the 90-day period preceding the accident.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's improper decision to conduct a night flight and his failure to maintain adequate altitude during the approach, which resulted in controlled flight into trees and terrain. Contributing to the accident was the student pilot's lack of total and recent night flight experience.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

06-Aug-2017 13:52 Aerossurance Added
06-Aug-2017 13:54 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
06-Aug-2017 14:00 Aerossurance Updated [Date]
06-Aug-2017 14:00 Aerossurance Updated [Date]
06-Aug-2017 22:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
07-Aug-2017 07:05 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
22-Mar-2019 19:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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