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    Small Turbo-prop crashes into houses in New Haven

    A small turbo-prop aircraft crashed into two houses on final approach into Tweed New Haven airport around 11:30 this morning. See coverage here:

    http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/new_hav...harter-oak-ave
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    Looks like this may be the one...

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N13622


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    Quote Originally Posted by threeholerglory View Post
    Looks like this may be the one...

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N13622
    Yes, it was N13622.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1840 View Post
    Yes, it was N13622.
    I went back and listened through the archived ATC recording. Theres not a whole lot there but they did want to land with the prevailing winds on runway 2 instead of against them on runway 20. ATC declined to give that clearance. Beyond that, nothing terribly out of the ordinary besides a loud "3622!" on the radio at one point. It's a combined feed with approach, which was busy vectoring aircraft around weather so I'm sure something was missed by the LiveATC.net scanners.
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    The winds were out of the south favoring runway 20. The aircraft was approaching from the south on a runway 02 approach, so likely circling for 20. The ceilings were reported variable between 700 and 1200 feet, the visibility was good, and there were scattered rain showers.

    The aircraft was a Turbine Commander; basically the same aircraft Bob Hover used in his airshows but with Garrett turboprop engines.

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    Approach cleared them for the left downwind for rwy 20. The last communication that I heard was that they had the field in sight.
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    CNN article said that a local resident was not surprised about the crash, saying "They fly in very low, and a lot of times you can hear the engine cut off before it gets to the runway."

    What does that mean? Is there something about GA flying where they shut the engines, or did CNN just simply allow this idiocy to appear on their news site as legit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil D. View Post
    CNN article said that a local resident was not surprised about the crash, saying "They fly in very low, and a lot of times you can hear the engine cut off before it gets to the runway."

    What does that mean? Is there something about GA flying where they shut the engines, or did CNN just simply allow this idiocy to appear on their news site as legit?
    It's just another soundbite to grab more eyeballs and cater to the lowest common denominator at the same time

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    On a circle to land maneuver like this, the pilot will level off around 600 feet above the runway and circle the field until aligned with the landing runway. The engine or engines will be at a fairly high power setting since the aircraft is configured for landing. In addition, further power is required when banking to maintain level flight. Once aligned or nearly aligned for the runway, a descent will be initiated with a substantial reduction in power and thus engine noise. The power may also be reduced to idle in small piston aircraft.

    This combined with the Doppler effect give the audio illusion that the engine or engines were cut (off).

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