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Running head: 7.4 ASSIGNMENT1Aircraft Accident Report ProjectSFTY 330Jordan C. M. SterlingEmbry Riddle Aeronautical University
7.4 Assignment2AbstractThis paper will examine the events of November 7, 2010 in reference to the Zonk Air flight case number ERAU-330RL on which a PA-31-310 by the tail number n517RL crashed at the Lake Tahoe Airport (KTVL). The accident in question will include a brief history of the flight, post-crash on-scene actions, observations by the accident investigator, relevant airport andweather information, flight information, aircraft information, pilot information, company information and operations, any miscellaneous details that are applicable to the flight, a final analysis of the flight, and conclusions with recommendations on how similar accidents can be avoided in the future.
7.4 Assignment31.0 Brief History of FlightOn November 7, 2010, Zonk Air Charters’ twin engine 1980 PA-31-310 turbo-charged Piper Navajo (Tail number N517RL)took off from the Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL). The weather conditions as reported by the ATIS system were confirmed by WIT-1 as two miles in lowering clouds and 900 feet overcast and deteriorating. After takeoff, the aircraft rotated and entered the lowering clouds. Shortly after the aircraft left the runway, about 5 miles past the end of the runway, the airplane was seen exiting the clouds in a steep left bank with smoke trailing behind the aircraft. The Navajo then struck the top of a 100 foot tower. The next impact point was located 400 feet from the base of the tower. Another impact point was located 100 feet from the first ground scar and the aircraft came to rest 50 feet after the final impact ground scar. The planecaught fire and burned all the occupants causing the flight to be completely fatal. 1.1 On-Scene ActionsThe first on-scene actions were completed by the accident investigator assigned to the crash: Jack Dillon an NTSB investigator. The first step in the investigation was preparation. The preparation for the investigation included the initial coordination of the investigation. Transportation arrangements and notification of the local authorities was organized. All of the necessary materials were gathered for the collection of evidence, investigation equipment, and personal survival items. Additionally, recording devices for witness interviews and photographic equipment was included in the preparation for investigation. Once on scene, a base of operations was established and the local authorities were brought in to the loop via a liason. Security