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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45400
Last updated: 1 August 2021
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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: N4344J
MSN: 28-22720
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lakeview, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Lakeview, AR (3M0)
Destination airport:Springfield, (SGF)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The single-engine airplane impacted a vertical bluff while maneuvering shortly after takeoff from a grass runway. The flight instructor, a private pilot, and a student flew to the airport, ate dinner, and departed just before nightfall because the runway did not utilize runway lights. Numerous witnesses reported the airplane did not accelerate normally during the takeoff roll, and it took nearly all of the 3,200-foot turf runway to liftoff. The witnesses then described a slow, nose-high climb. The airplane flew to the east along a river before turning to left prior to encountering power lines. The airplane impacted the bluff, and erupted in flames. A post-accident examination of the airplane and engine revealed no anomalies that would have prevented their normal operation. The flap handle was found selected to 25 degrees. People familiar with the airport indicated that the best way to depart the airport area was to fly along a valley that veered toward the northeast instead of flying along the river as the accident flight did. The river is in line with steep bluffs and is crossed by a power lines.
Probable Cause: the pilot's failure to maintain clearance with the terrain while maneuvering.




Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
09-Dec-2017 17:55 ASN Update Bot Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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