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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 12921
Last updated: 11 January 2021
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Date:15-JUL-1981
Time:15:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Owner/operator:Florida Institute Of Technology
Registration: N56731
C/n / msn: 28-7425027
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Palm Bay, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:MELBOURNE,FL
Destination airport:MELBOURNE,FL
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The purpose of the flight was to teach stall and spin recovery. The aircraft was seen by witnesses in a spin before descending into the ground. The NTSB investigation revealed the aircraft was out of weight and balance limits for the intended activity.

According to local news outlets, the instructor pilot was killed in the crash, and the student pilot remained in a coma for weeks after the accident.

PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
PERSONNEL - OPERATIONAL SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL: INADEQUATE GROUND TRAINING-PROCEDURES
PERSONNEL - OPERATIONAL SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL: FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQ.DIRECTIVES,MANUAL,EQUIPMENT
PILOT IN COMMAND - INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT PREPARATION AND/OR PLANNING
MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - IMPROPERLY LOADED AIRCRAFT-WEIGHT-AND/OR C.G.
REMARKS- STALL/SPIN TRNG.UTILITY CATEGORY AFT CG LIMIT EXCEEDED DUE FUEL LOAD.NO INFO AVBL TO CREW.

Sources:

https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=25931&key=0

https://prcarc1.erau.edu/awweb/main.jsp?flag=browse&smd=2&awdid=1

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/124734389/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
08-Jun-2018 05:36 piperonslaught Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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