Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N578TP,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45201
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Date:Sunday 8 June 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Airline Transport Professionals Corp. of USA
Registration: N578TP
MSN: 44-7995254
Total airframe hrs:4429 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Battleboro, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU)
Destination airport:Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport, NC (RWI/KRWI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The purpose of the instructional flight was to add-on muti-engine, instrument onto the dual students certified flight instructor rating. The flight departed at 1315, the instrument flight plan was cancelled and the flight continued under visual flight rules. Examination of the radar data shows the airplane conducting maneuvers at altitudes between 4,200 and 4,700 feet above ground level. Approximately 1340, an eyewitness heard the airplane flying overhead and then heard the engine sound stop. They looked up and saw the airplane spinning towards the ground. The witness did not recall hearing the engines running during the final descent. The pilot prior to the accident reported no flight control or mechanical anomalies. No anomalies with the airplane were noted during the post-crash examination.

Probable Cause: The certified flight instructor's (CFI) failure to maintain flying speed that resulted in a stall/spin and the uncontrolled collision with the ground.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
08-Dec-2017 18:49 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2022 16:05 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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