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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174895
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Type:Piper J-4A Cub Coupe
Registration: N30341
C/n / msn: 4-1168
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Pine River Regional Airport, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pine River Rgnl (KPWC)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The aircraft sustained substantial damage upon impact with open field terrain shortly after takeoff from Pine River Regional Airport (KPWC), Pine River, Minnesota. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the two occupants onboard received fatal injuries.

A review of the pilot's logbook revealed that he did not have a current flight review nor had he logged any flights in the past 1.5 years. The witness observations and the airplane's nose-down attitude at impact are consistent with the pilot allowing the airspeed to decrease to the point where the wing's critical angle-of-attack was exceeded. As a result, the airplane entered an aerodynamic stall and departed controlled flight. It is likely that the pilot's lack of recent flight experience contributed to his failure to maintain adequate airspeed.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot' failure to maintain adequate airspeed after takeoff, which resulted in the airplane's wing exceeding its critical angle-of-attack and a subsequent aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's decision to conduct the flight without obtaining a flight review or refresher training.


Revision history:

28-Mar-2015 17:47 Geno Added
28-Mar-2015 17:49 Geno Updated [Aircraft type]
28-Mar-2015 20:24 harro Updated [Embed code]
29-Mar-2015 03:28 Geno Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Mar-2015 07:27 stp7 Updated [Embed code]
29-Mar-2015 07:27 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants]
05-Apr-2015 03:44 Geno Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Dec-2016 14:54 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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