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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233120
Last updated: 15 May 2021
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Date:20-FEB-2020
Time:18:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: EC-HRJ
MSN: 62P-0897-8165027
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Noáin, near Pamplona Airport (PNA/LEPP) -   Spain
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sabadell Airport (QSA/LELL)
Destination airport:Pamplona Airport (PNA/LEPP)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Narrative:
The Piper PA-60-602P aircraft, with registration EC-HRJ, took off from Sabadell Airport (LELL) bound for Pamplona Airport (LEPP).
At 17:51:43 hours local time, when the aircraft was in the vicinity of the SURCO waypoint, a sudden change in course from 300º to 317º was observed on the aircraft's radar trace. Moments later, at 17:53:12, the pilot of the aircraft contacted the Madrid air control units to report problems with one of his engines, adding verbatim: “I’m not sure if I’ve lost the turbo”. In a subsequent communication with the same air traffic controller, at 17:57:22 h, the pilot stated: "I’ve lost an engine”.
At 17:57:58 h, the pilot contacted the controller of the Pamplona control tower. The controller asked him if he required any assistance, and the pilot replied that he did not. At 18:16:15 h, the pilot told the control tower controller that he was on right base for runway 33. The controller cleared him to land and asked him to notify him when he was on final.
At 18:19:40 h, the control tower controller alerted the airport Fire Extinguishing Service (SEI) when he saw the aircraft crash and a column of smoke coming from the wreckage area. The aircraft had impacted the ground during the final approach manoeuvre. As it fell, it hit and severed a power line.
The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was killed during the accident. The impact and subsequent fire completely destroyed the aircraft.

The investigation concluded the probable cause of the accident was that the aircraft lost control on final approach to runway 33 as a result of flying with asymmetrical power.

Sources:

https://www.noticiasdenavarra.com/actualidad/sociedad/2020/02/21/fallece-pamplones-estrellarse-avioneta-500/1024924.html
https://www.elmundo.es/espana/2020/02/20/5e4ed340fdddff661c8b4615.html
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ec-hrj#23edb0f8

https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/1/56730_1235294605.jpg (photo)

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Feb-2020 06:37 Philmarin Added
21-Feb-2020 06:40 Anon. Updated [Operator, Nature]
21-Feb-2020 07:48 Geno Updated [Source]
21-Feb-2020 08:07 Anon. Updated [Departure airport]
21-Feb-2020 08:08 harro Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
21-Feb-2020 09:30 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2021 06:34 harro Updated [Time, Narrative, Accident report]

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