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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 2777
Last updated: 16 November 2019
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Date:04-OCT-1970
Time:15:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic AC50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero Commander 500B
Owner/operator:Red Wing Shoe Co
Registration: N701X
C/n / msn: 500B-916-3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Mahaffey, Clearfield County, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:DuBois Regional Airport (DUJ/KDUJ),Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
Destination airport:Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA/KROA),Woodrum Field, Roanoke,
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 04.10.1970: Crashed at Mahaffey, Clearfield County, PA (at approximate co-ordinates 40°52′33″N 78°43′41″W) on approach to Miller Airport, Burgettstown, PA whilst en route frpm Dubois, PA to Roanoke, VA. Aircraft was making an unplanned immediate emergency landing at Miller Airport due to pilot incapacitation

According to contemporary reports: "Curtis Turner 46, race car driver, was killed when his Aero Commander aircraft
crashed into mountains 20 minutes after takeoff. Turner, who was piloting the plane, was under the influence of alcohol. Alcoholic impairment of efficiency and judgment. The crash also killed golfer Clarence King who suffered a heart attack prior to the crash.”

Both persons on board (pilot and passenger) were killed.

Sources:

1. Greensboro Record, October 5, 1970, Page 34.
2. New York Times, October 6, 1970, Page 50.
3. NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=649&key=0
4. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=701X
5. https://sites.google.com/site/aerocommanderproductionlist/
6. http://www.planecrashinfo.com/famous1970s.htm
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Turner#Death
8. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1970/archives/crash-of-a-rockwell-aero-commander-500-in-pennsylvania-2-killed/]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
20-Nov-2014 00:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Nov-2014 00:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
20-Nov-2014 00:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Mar-2018 20:04 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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