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Running head: AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECTAircraft Accident Report ProjectSFTY 330 Melissa BrownEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University1
AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECTAbstractOn November 7, 2010, Zonk Air Charters’, N517RL, a 1980 PA-31-310, crushed at the Lake Tahoe Airport (KTVL) just south of Runway 18. The aircraft burned after impact. It was a fatal crash, and the pilot and four passengers were killed. After take off, about 5 miles past the end of the runway, the aircraft was seen at a steep left bank with trailing smoke. It hit the top of the communication tower stunning 100 feet tall, and then hit the ground 400 feet from the tower. It finally came to a stop about 150 feet away from where it impacted with the ground. Maintenance records indicated fuel leaks from the right engine, and cracks on the fuel line support brackets. Zonk Air Charters was unstablefinancially, and had many deferred maintenance issues. Managers were complacent aboutgetting repairs done. Probable cause of the accident was lack of corrective maintenance done on the right engine with human error as a contributing factor. 2
AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECTAircraft Accident Report Project1.0 Brief History of FlightOn November 7, 2010, Zonk Air Charters’, N517RL, a 1980 PA-31-310, crushed at the Lake Tahoe Airport (KTVL) just south of Runway 18. The aircraft burned after impact. It was a fatal crash, and the pilot and four passengers were killed. The weather was 900 feet overcast and deteriorating with lowering clouds for 2 miles. After take off, about 5 miles past the end of the runway, the aircraft was seen at a steep left bank with trailing smoke. It hit the top of the communication tower stunning 100 feet tall, and then hit the ground 400 feet from the tower. It finally came to a stop about 150 feet away from where it impacted with the ground.1.1 On Scene ActionsSpecific investigative organization and procedures were completed. Investigationsfollow standard National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation procedures. Field investigation began with preparation. This included initial coordination, investigation equipment, personal survival items, diagramming and plotting equipment, witness interviewing equipment, evidence collection equipment, photographic equipment,report writing then administrative equipment, personal data, and personal items. Initial actions, such as establishing a base of operations, liaison with authorities, and safety rulesalong with arranging security, conducting meetings, taking photographs, and other actions to place. The wreckage was investigated next. Factors such as influence of aircraftvelocity and impact angle, terrain, and land impacts were noted in calculated. Photographs were taken, and diagrams were drawn out based on the information gathered3
AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECTby the investigation at that point. Fire, structure of the aircraft, engines, aircraft systems, and landing gear were investigated. Aircraft and private records and logs were pools, and witnesses were interviewed.

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