Airplane Crash - Tusayan, Arizona 07/21/1980

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Tusayan, Arizona


Date07/21/1980
Time17:02
LocationTusayan, Arizona
OperatorSceniAirlines
RouteTusayan, AZ - Phoenix, AZ
TypeCessna 404 Titan II
RegistrationN2683S
Aboard8
Fatalities8
Ground0
SummaryCollided with trees during the initial climb due to engine failure. Substantial loss of power I the left engine at a critical point in takeoff and the failure of the pilot to establish a minimum drag configuration which degraded the marginal single-engine climb performance of the aircraft. The loss of power resulted from seizure of the turbocharger following progressive failure of the turbine wheel blades initiated by foreign object ingestion which had occurred previous t o this flight and was not detected during maintenance on t he engine 4 days before the accident.

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