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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134867
Last updated: 19 November 2019
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Date:25-APR-2004
Time:13:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N6228A
C/n / msn: 38-78A0348
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Seminole, OK -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Seminole, OK (NONE)
Destination airport:Oklahoma City, OK (PWA)
Narrative:
The 6,500-hour pilot executed a short field takeoff at the 500 foot mark of the 3,300-foot long by 20-foot wide, unimproved, gravel road. After a normal run-up and takeoff roll, the airplane rotated, "settled" back onto the road, and impacted a stationary tractor with the left wing. The airplane "spun" around 90-degrees, and slid to the right until it collided with two parked bulldozers. There were muddy soft spots on the left side of the road, and a steel fence post on the left side of the road showed impact marks from what appeared to be the left wing of the airplane. The owner of the private road stated that he had advised the pilot prior to takeoff that he would be improving the road in the near future. The road had not been utilized for some time by airplanes, and about 90% of the surface was loose gravel.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate pre-flight planning. A contributing factor was the pilot's use of unsuitable terrain for takeoff.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040428X00523&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2019 12:45 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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