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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36001
Last updated: 14 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-250
Owner/operator:Hotchee Baltaeff
Registration: N8353P
C/n / msn: 24-3610
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Avon Park, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:(AVO)
Destination airport:Summerland Key , FL (NONE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During the taxi to the runway for takeoff, the pilot was observed adjusting the ceiling mounted elevator trim. On takeoff, the nose of the airplane porpoised, and the propeller contacted the runway. After becoming airborne, the airplane turned left and entered a steep nose down dive until it impacted in an orange tree nursery. Subsequently, multiple propeller slash marks were found in the runway, where a witness observed a cloud of debris, created by the airplane on its takeoff roll. The elevator trim was found in the fully deflected position for nose down trim. The propeller blades exhibited abrasions on the cambered face at the tips, which were curled aft 90 degrees. CAUSE: The pilot's improper use of the elevator trim, which resulted in runway contact by the propeller during the takeoff roll and subsequent loss of aircraft control.



Revision history:

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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