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Running head: ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECT (PLG1) 1 Accident Report Project (PLG1) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Patrick Hamm SFTY 330
ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECT (PLG1) 2 Abstract On November 7, 2010, Zonk Air Charters left from Tahoe Airport (KTVL) at dusk in a PA-31-310. The flight had five people aboard when it left from the Tahoe Airport. When the flight left the weather was reported to have about two miles of lowering clouds, 900 feet overcast that was deteriorating. The flight departed from runway 18, shortly after takeoff, the aircraft entered the lowering clouds while rotating. The airplane was seen about 5 miles past runway 18, exiting the clouds in a steep left bank with a trail of smoke following. The aircraft struct two objects the first being a 100-foot communication tower and the second was the wing impacting the ground. The first impact caused the wing to impact the ground about 400-feet from the tower and then caused the other wing to impact the ground 100-feet after that. The aircraft came to a halt about 550-feet from the tower and burned. This accident was fatal to all five individuals aboard. This investigation provided mitigations to the problems with Flight N517RL. Zonk Air Charters was not financially stable, had complacent management and failed to get repairs done, and the company deferred maintenance. This report will provide detailed information on some of the company’s issues that directly related to this accident.
ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECT (PLG1) 3 1.0 Brief History of Flight (Mission) On November 7, 2010, Zonk Air Charters left from Tahoe Airport (KTVL) at dusk in a PA-31-310. The flight had five people aboard when it left from the Tahoe Airport. When the flight left the weather was reported to have about two miles of lowering clouds, 900 feet overcast that was deteriorating. The flight departed from runway 18, shortly after takeoff, the aircraft entered the lowering clouds while rotating. The airplane was seen about 5 miles past runway 18, exiting the clouds in a steep left bank with a trail of smoke following. The aircraft struct two objects the first being a 100-foot communication tower and the second was the wing impacting the ground. The first impact caused the wing to impact the ground about 400-feet from the tower and then caused the other wing to impact the ground 100-feet after that. The aircraft came to a halt about 550-feet from the tower and burned. This accident was fatal to all five individuals aboard. 1.1 On-Scene Actions (Scene Management Procedures) Investigators determined that the specific investigative organization and procedures were completed. 1.2 On-Scene Observations (What Did You Note and Observe?)

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