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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191973
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Time:07:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Centro de Adiestramiento Aéreo Avanzado (CAAA)
Registration: YS-332-PE
MSN: 38-78A0663
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ingenio La Cabana, El Paisnal -   El Salvador
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport (SAL/MSSS)
Destination airport:San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport (SAL/MSSS)
Investigating agency: AAC El Salvador
The trainer plane crashed. Both instructor and trainee pilot died in the crash of the plane.

Probable cause:
An inadequate and pronounced left turn of the aircraft in an attempt to re-enter the descent path to La Cabaña runway while flying at low speed, which caused the aircraft (due to its aerodynamic characteristics) to enter a lateral stall and spin. According to the POH of the PA38-112, these types of turns should only be performed at a minimum altitude of 4000 feet above the ground, which allows a margin of safety to recover the aircraft from the spiral. The crew of the YS-332PE aircraft, on the day of the accident, performed this maneuver at an altitude of approximately 500 feet above the ground, according to radar video traces and eyewitness accounts.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAC El Salvador
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo Alec Wilson (CC:by-sa)

Revision history:

12-Dec-2016 07:15 gerard57 Added
12-Dec-2016 07:16 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Photo, ]
02-Jan-2017 14:40 Anon. Updated [Cn]
22-Apr-2020 07:27 harro Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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