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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133898
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-310P Malibu
Owner/operator:Delta Mike, Inc.
Registration: N234DM
C/n / msn: 46-8408043
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hartford, CT -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:HFD
Destination airport:BID
Investigating agency: NTSB
On July 12, 1996, at about 1115 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-46-310P, N234DM, was destroyed when it descended into the Connecticut River shortly after takeoff from Runway 11, at Hartford-Brainard Field, in Hartford, Connecticut. The commercial rated pilot and three of the five passengers on board reported minor injuries. Two passengers reported serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, no flight plan was filed. The flight was conducted under 14 CFR 91. The airplane departed Hartford, Connecticut, at approximately 1113 with an intended destination of Block Island State Airport (BID), Rhode Island.

The pilot reported that he performed the pre-flight, loaded the passengers, started the aircraft, and taxied to runway 11. He said he performed "... a normal run-up ..." and that there were no anomalies. He said he was cleared for takeoff and started his takeoff roll with " ... one notch of flaps (10 degrees) ..." set. The pilot stated that he " ...rotated at 80-85 knots ..." and that "... as soon as I broke ground, there was a noticeable drop ..." in engine power but that the engine "... did not stop." The pilot explained that he "...pulled the gear up ..." to assist him in his effort to "...clear the dike..." at the departure end of runway 11. He stated that as he cleared the dike "...the airplane began to buffet. I turned to the left - a very gradual turn to avoid a stall - but the [left] wing stalled." The pilot reported to an FAA Safety Inspector that after takeoff he "...reduced his climb speed to 75 to 80 kts (knots) and started a turn because he saw approaching trees, felt a shudder and then plunged into the river."

One witness reported, " I saw the aircraft, N234DM, in a high nose up attitude, low to the ground, but in the air, as it came into view from behind a hanger south of my location, The engine sound was loud, strong and steady. The aircraft continued down the runway only climbing very slightly but still in a high nose up attitude. The aircraft just cleared a retaining dike at the end of the runway and went behind trees, going out of my view from my location." Another witness stated, "At approximately 1110 local I heard the loud sound of an aircraft engine and propeller at which time I turned to see the aircraft in a very nose high attitude. The aircraft did not seem to climb and I thought it was going to hit the dike. The aircraft cleared the dike and disappeared behind the trees. At that time I could clearly hear the aircraft until it impacted the water."

A post accident inspection of the aircraft by FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors revealed no pre-impact anomalies. One inspector reported, "The engine was run up in a static position on July 18,1996. The engine indicated 2570 rpm and 37 inches of manifold pressure, indicating recommended performance. There was no difficulty encountered in running or starting this engine." The report describes runway 11 at Brainard Airport to be 2,315 feet long with a "...42 (ft) dike at the end of the runway which protects the airport from the [Connecticut] River. There are numerous trees, some as tall as 130 (ft) on this dike. A review of performance data follows: There were 6 individuals on board the aircraft: Weights as follows: Pilot 224 pounds Passenger 215 pounds Passenger 205 pounds Passenger 137 pounds Passenger 37 pounds Passenger 25 pounds Total 836 pounds

Fuel 70 gals. app. 420 pounds Basic empty weight 2745 pounds

Total Aircraft takeoff weight 4001 pounds Maximum Gross Weight 4118 pounds

[The pilot] had stated that he had selected 20 degrees of flaps for takeoff. A review of the wreckage, flap selector lever and flap indicator shows that the flaps were not selected. The aircraft structure indicates that the aircraft stalled before it hit the water. The performance charts for both 0 degree flaps and 20 degree flaps were referenced to determine take off distance over a 50 ft. obstacle. The cha


NTSB id 20001208X06260

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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