Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2004 Issue

October 26, Roebuck, S.C. / Piper Twin Comanche

At 2210 eastern time, a Piper PA-30 crashed during an instrument approach to Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport. The pilot was killed. The business flight had originated earlier in the day at Spartanburg and had made stops in several states before returning to Spartanburg. The flight was cleared for the ILS Rwy 5 approach. The airplane collided with trees before crashing 0.7 nm from the runway 5 threshold and 0.2 nm from the runway 5 localizer course. A witness in a home near the accident site heard the airplane close overhead, followed by the sound of the engines revving up and lastly the noise of the crash. The witness then went outside and saw the airplane burning on the ground....

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