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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161745
Last updated: 25 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N4803A
C/n / msn: 22-3955
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near the Princeton Municipal Airport (KPNM), Princeton, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Princeton, MN (PNM)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was flying his airplane to a hunting location. No one witnessed the departure or accident. A postaccident examination of the accident site indicated that the airplane departed the runway and then impacted the ground in a wooded area about 600 feet from the approximate midpoint of the runway. A postimpact fire occurred. An 8-knot crosswind was recorded about the time of the accident. The loaded weight of the airplane could not be determined due to fire damage. Postaccident examinations of the airplane revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Although the toxicology report showed that the pilot was exposed to carbon monoxide, the level of exposure would only have resulted in a slight headache.

A review of the airplane's maintenance logbooks revealed that the airplane's tires were replaced with larger tires in accordance with a supplemental type certificate the day before the accident. However, the change would have had a small effect on the performance of the airplane. The evidence indicates that the pilot likely lost airplane control during takeoff.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of airplane control during takeoff.


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Revision history:

28-Oct-2013 20:10 gerard57 Added
28-Oct-2013 20:11 harro Updated [Location, Embed code]
29-Oct-2013 17:02 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:18 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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