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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35464
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Date:18-JAN-1988
Time:15:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-200
Owner/operator:Conservair
Registration: N55WP
C/n / msn: 28R-7635356
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Barnardsville, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Tuscaloosa, AL (TCL)
Destination airport:Raleigh-Durham , NC (RDU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE ACFT EXPERIENCED AN IN-FLT STRUCTURAL FAILURE DURING A PERSONAL flight. JUST PRIOR TO THE BREAK-UP OF THE ACFT THE PLT MADE A MAYDAY RADIO CALL STATING 'THE TRIM IS OUT, BREAKING UP' AND RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. THE FLT WAS ASSIGNED AN ALT OF 9000 FT BUT THE WRECKAGE DISTRIBUTION DEPICTS A BREAK UP AT 5400 FT MSL OR APRX 1500 FT AGL. A WITNESS REPORTED THE ACFT COMING OVER A MOUNTAIN RIDGE POINTED UP IN AN ALMOST VERTICAL CLIMB. A LOUD BOOM WAS HEARD AND DEBRIS BEGAN TO FALL. THE ACFT FELL NOSE DOWN. THE LAST RADIO TRANSMISSION ALSO CONTAINS THE SOUND OF A STALL WARNING HORN. ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE ACFT STATED THAT HE FLEW THE ACFT ON 1/6/88 AND USED BOTH MANUAL AND ELEC TRIM WITH NO PROBLEMS. EVEN IN CASE OF MALFUNCTION THE PLT SHOULD BE ABLE TO OVERPOWER THE ELEC TRIM. A PLT FLYING IN THE ACC AREA AT THE SAME TIME REPORTED NO TURBULENCE. CAUSE:

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X24840


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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