Running Head: AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT
This paper will examine the findings and processes of an accident investigation on
Zonk Air Charters, N517RL, Piper PA-31. On 7 November 2010, the aircraft crashed into a
100-foot communications tower. As a result, it collapsed and drags itself through the ground
before it came to a halt and catch fire. A total of 5 people were killed from the accident of
which, four of them are passengers and a chartered pilot. Evidence such as the cockpit and
the cabin being crushed, indicating that this was a non-survivable accident. Subsequently,
NTSB has deployed a "Go Team" to investigate the accident. The team consists of Jake
Dillion, the Investigator in Charge (IIC) from NTSB. Alongside him are Shawn Bair, an
engine representative, and Dawn Smith, an airframe representative.
All of them are experts
in their field. The findings of the investigation will be presented in parts and at the end of the
paper, including probable causes and recommendations.
Keywords: Zonk Air, NTSB, FAA, Human Error, SHELL