Tagged: NTSB

NTSB files: PA32 crashes at KRDU

Reddit aggregated a lot of information on this one. A couple of people pounced on the LiveATC audio and edited it for YouTube. Unsettling to hear.

As I type, I realize that this crash happened almost exactly 24 hours ago–at roughly 2315Z. What was I doing? I’d finished having a drink/working at Pour Taproom. At 6:30 or so I told my wife I was coming home. By 7 or 7:15, I was tossing pizza dough in the comfort of home. This poor pilot and his wife, both 73, were crashing into the trees of Umstead Park, short of Runway 32.

The NTSB will decide whether the flight ended as LOC or CFIT (“loss of control”, “controlled flight into terrain”), but it’s clear that the pilot was under stress, with a perhaps-balky autopilot while he was vectored around with ceilings under 2,000 feet.

Sadly, he reported in his final transmissions that he had the airport in sight.

Anyway, bookmarking this for the final NTSB report sometime in late 2020.


FAA plane registry

LiveATC audio on YouTubehh

Flight track

NTSB file (preliminary): Piper Malibu goes down in Nash County

Four middle-aged adults dead, plus two dogs. Little other info (VFR/IFR, phase of flight, etc). Check for NTSB preliminary in a couple weeks.

Plane went down early Friday afternoon, June 7.


NTSB file: N26617 Cessna 182, Louisburg-Hilton Head, three aboard

This happened March 1. An instrument-rated pilot took off in a Cessna 182 on a dark, stormy night, and crashed shortly after takeoff. He had two passengers with him.

Here’s a write-up, which says the plane was in the air for less than 20 seconds. I’m not sure that’s correct, given that the plane crashed about two miles away from the airport. It’s possible that the reporter was told that the TRACON controller only had radar contact for 20 seconds.

According to the same article, one of the passengers was making her first plane trip.