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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 197069
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche
Registration: N22HW
C/n / msn: 30-791
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Philip Billard Municipal Airport (KTOP), Topeka, KS -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Billard Muni (KTOP)
The aircraft impacted airport terrain at Philip Billard Municipal Airport (KTOP), Topeka, Kansas. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the two occupants onboard were fatally injured.

NTSB preliminary:

On July 31, 2017, about 2030, a Piper PA-30, N22HW, impacted terrain at Philip Billard Municipal Airport (TOP), Topeka, Kansas. The student pilot and the flight instructor sustained fatal injuries and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The airplane was operated by a private individual who was the the registered owner of the airplane, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as in instructional flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from TOP.

The student pilot had been receiving flight instruction from the flight instructor toward the addition of a multi-engine land airplane rating onto his private pilot certificate, which had a single engine landing and instrument rating. The accident flight was a practice multi-engine check ride for the student pilot's examination that was scheduled the following day.

A witness stated that the flight had used runway 18 for takeoff and landing prior to the accident takeoff, which was from runway 18. The witness stated that as the airplane passed the airport terminal building, it was very low in altitude and not climbing very fast. The airplane turned east and into the left-hand airport traffic pattern. The witness did not see the airplane impact the terrain.

The airplane wreckage was located between runway 13 and taxiway B, near the approach end of runway 13. The tail-to-nose heading of the wreckage was about 125 degrees. The airplane's wing flaps and landing gear were retracted. The airplane exhibited damage consistent with a low-speed impact in a left wing-low and shallow pitch attitude.

Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


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Revision history:

01-Aug-2017 04:54 Geno Added
01-Aug-2017 16:47 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Nature, Embed code, Damage]
09-Aug-2017 15:17 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]

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