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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188192
Last updated: 7 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Registration: N2412D
C/n / msn: 38-79A0300
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Madison Municipal Airport (KIMS), Madison, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Madison, IN (IMS)
Destination airport:,
Investigating agency: NTSB
The private pilot had departed the airport in visual meteorological conditions, when, about ˝ mile from the departure end of the runway, the airplane collided with a power transmission line support structure that was about 80 ft tall. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. There were no known witnesses to the accident, but a witness who saw the airplane take off stated that its altitude was low during the initial climb.
Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. In the months before the accident, the pilot flew with a flight instructor on two separate occasions for a flight review. The instructor stated that the pilot’s skills were “very rusty” and that the pilot had difficulty controlling the airplane’s airspeed, pitch, and landing flare. The instructor did not endorse the pilot for a flight review and recommended that he receive additional dual instruction; however, it is unknown if the pilot followed this recommendation because his personal logbook was not located after the accident. Given the lack of preimpact mechanical anomalies, it is likely that the pilot did not maintain an appropriate climb rate after takeoff, which resulted in collision with the power line structure.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain a proper climb rate after takeoff and the subsequent collision with transmission line structures.


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Revision history:

16-Jun-2016 23:09 Geno Added
17-Jun-2016 14:39 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 16:41 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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