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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23463
Last updated: 27 December 2020
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Time:22:12 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-151
Registration: C-GDVL
C/n / msn: 28-7615332
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Espanola Airstrip, Ontario -   Canada
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Espanola Airstrip, Ontario
Destination airport:Ottawa, Ontario
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
The pilot and three passengers were departing in the Piper PA 28 on a visual flight rules (VFR) flight from Espanola West to Ottawa, Ontario. The runway surface was grass on uneven, sandy soil, made soft from recent rain. The pilot made two excursions down the runway before the aircraft became airborne on the third excursion. After the aircraft got airborne, it struck trees to the left of the departure path and crashed into a wooded area. An intense, post-crash, fuel-fed fire immediately broke out which consumed the cabin of the aircraft. One passenger, an infant, perished in the aircraft fire. The pilot and the other two passengers escaped the burning aircraft and were found about 40 feet from the wreckage by ambulance and fire-fighting personnel. They were transported to hospital where they died later from burns.rnrnThe pilot attempted to take off in conditions where a successful take-off could not be made; the conditions being the high aircraft weight and the soft, grassy runway. The fully extended flaps contributed to the occurrence when they prevented the aircraft from climbing quickly enough to safely pass above trees at the end of the runway after the aircraft became airborne.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


(c) TSB

Photo: TSB

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
02-Oct-2008 23:00 harro Updated
27-Dec-2020 17:36 harro Updated [Accident report, Photo]

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