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1 Running head: AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECT SFTY 330 Abstract This paper was written to examine and dissect the National Transportation Safety Boards investigation for Accident Case Number ERAU-330RL, which occurred in the evening of November 7, 2018 at Tahoe Airport. This incident is also referred to as the “Zonk Air Accident” due to the airplane being owned by Zonk Air Charters. The results from this accident were four passenger fatalities along with the inexperienced pilot which operated the 1980 PA-31-310 aircraft. This paper will go over the details of this flight, the findings noted by the NTSB, and the conclusions and recommendations set by the author of this paper.
2 AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT PROJECT SFTY 330 Aircraft Accident Report Project SFTY 330 1.0 History of Flight On the dusk of November 7, 2018, a charter pilot which was carrying four passengers boarded a light twin and departed from Tahoe Airport (KTVL). The aircraft was chartered by Zonk Airline Charters and the weather for the evening was reported as two miles in lowering clouds along with 900 feet overcast and deteriorating. The plane was flown in from Burbank, CA the night prior and was to return to KBUR after a brief photo flight around the local Tahoe area. After 5 miles from departing Runway 18, it was reported that the plane was exiting the clouds while trailing smoke. The first impact point was the top of a 100-foot communication tower while the next impact point was the ground impact scar with a red tip light that was discovered 400 feet from the base of the tower. After the impact, the aircraft laid 50 feet from the impact point and burned, causing fatal accidents amongst the passengers aboard. No flight plan or radio contact was made after departing Runway 18. 1.1 On-Scene Actions All procedures of accident investigation process were in compliance with the guidelines set forward by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The main investigators were the National Transportation Safety Board’s GO team, which is comprised of four to up to a dozen specialist that is always on-call to respond to accidents (NTSB, n.d.). They are likely responsible to establish the causes of the Zonk Air accident incident. 1.2 On-Scene Observations Upon arrival, it was clear and noticeable where the crash site was located. The evidence of the aircraft crashing into the tower was visible. The lead investigator from the NTSB was
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