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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133691
Last updated: 5 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Owner/operator:Knox County Flying Club Inc
Registration: N5755F
C/n / msn: 28-25058
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rockland, ME -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RKD
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 19, 1998, about 1830 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA 28-140, N5755F, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during the initial climb, after takeoff from Knox County Regional Airport, Rockland (RKD), Maine. The certificated student pilot (SP) sustained minor injures. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the local instructional flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In a written statement, the SP said he was performing a soft field takeoff from runway 21 at RKD. He further stated:

"...As airplane turned to point down runway I pulled yoke full aft, power full, [and] rolled down runway. Plane wallowed into air at approximately 60 MPH. I pushed nose forward, left wing dropped. Plane wandered to side of runway. I lost ground effect. Left wing dropped. Plane looped to left. I tried to correct. Apparently pulled nose up too much [and] stalled...."

The airplane's left wing tip and propeller struck the ground. The airplane cartwheeled, and came to rest in a swampy area on the left side of the runway, where a post crash fire ensued.

Examination of wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector did not reveal any evidence a mechanical malfunction of the airframe or engine.

The SP reported 43 hours of total flight experience, all in make and model.

Winds reported at RKD, at 1855, were from 230 degrees at 7 knots.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's failure to attain adequate airspeed during the takeoff, which resulted in a stall.


NTSB id 20001211X10680

Revision history:

03-Jul-2012 11:36 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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