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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 40189
Last updated: 22 March 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-18
Owner/operator:American Trans Air Training Co
Registration: N81TW
C/n / msn: 18-3515
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Terre Haute, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The surviving second pilot reported he was conducting a simulated short field takeoff and the senior pilot-in-command was also on the controls. They were distracted during the takeoff roll when the second pilot discovered his seat belt was not fastened. He said he fastened it and continued the takeoff. The tower controller who witnessed the accident reported the nose of the airplane appeared to be excessively high. The airplane reached a maximum altitude of about 200 feet. The left wing dipped and the airplane impacted the terrain. Postaccident investigation revealed the elevator trim jack screw was in the full nose up position. Investigation disclosed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunction. CAUSE: the pilot-in-command's inadvertant stall of the airplane. A factor associated with the accident was the elevator trim position.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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