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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36193
Last updated: 30 September 2020
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Date:15-MAR-1995
Time:05:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-310P Malibu
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N166CP
C/n / msn: 46-8408024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Cambridge, MD -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(CGE)
Destination airport:Martin State, MD (MTN)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TREES SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF AND CAME TO REST IN A CHURCH YARD. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE CRASH; HOWEVER, SEVERAL LOCAL RESIDENTS HEARD THE AIRPLANE OVERFLY THEIR HOMES AT A LOW ALTITUDE. ONE RESIDENT STATED THAT HE HEARD THE AIRPLANE COLLIDE WITH THE TREES. ANOTHER RESIDENT STATED THAT HE HEARD THE ENGINE OPERATING AS THE AIRPLANE FLEW LOW OVERHEAD. BOTH RESIDENTS REPORTED THAT REDUCED VISIBILITY HAMPERED THEIR ABILITY TO FIND THE WRECKAGE. ONE RESIDENT ESTIMATED THAT THE VISIBILITY WAS ABOUT 50 TO 60 FEET. THE PRESCRIBED TAKEOFF MINIMUMS FOR THAT AIRPORT IS 300 FEET AND 1 MILE VISIBILITY. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE DID NOT DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. CAUSE: the commercial/instrument rated pilot's failure to obtain/maintain adequate altitude/clearance during the initial climb after takeoff. Related factors are the pilot's poor planning/decision making, and the fog.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001207X03078


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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