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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58824
Last updated: 7 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Registration: N4981T
C/n / msn: 28-7225301
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ridgeland, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Ridgeland, SC (3J1)
Destination airport:Ridgeland, SC (3J1)
Investigating agency: NTSB
After takeoff from runway 21, the airplane climbed to an altitude of 500 feet; however, the pilot felt the engine was not producing sufficient power, and performed an uneventful landing. The pilot performed a run-up check of the engine, found it was operating normally, and then elected to depart again. While on the downwind leg, about 200 feet above the ground, the pilot again felt there was a problem with the engine, so he again elected to land, but during this attempt he maneuvered the airplane to return to the opposite end of the runway. The airplane approached the runway at a near 45-degree angle and landed hard, collapsing the landing gear. A postaccident inspection of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any mechanical abnormalities. Reported winds were from 180 degrees at 5 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during a precautionary landing. Contributing to the accident was a partial loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 12:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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