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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207122
Last updated: 12 September 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 Cherokee
Registration: N6764W
C/n / msn: 28-20890
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Volusia County, New Smyrna Beach near Massey Ranch Airpark, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Edgewater, FL (X50)
Destination airport:Edgewater, FL (X50)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The flight instructor and a student pilot were practicing pattern work at the airport. Due to their injuries, they did not recall any events before the accident. A witness reported that during a landing just before the accident, the airplane was "low" on the final leg of the traffic pattern, appeared to have increased engine power to clear the tree line, and then continued on the approach. The witness did not observe the accident sequence. Examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that the airplane struck trees before impacting the ground about 750 ft before the runway. Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal engine operation. Given the available information, it is likely that the flight instructor allowed the airplane to descend below a normal approach path to the runway, as seen on a previous approach, which resulted in the collision with trees and terrain.

Probable Cause: The flight instructor's failure to maintain the appropriate glidepath to the runway, which resulted in a collision with trees and terrain during final approach.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

06-Mar-2018 20:32 Iceman 29 Added
06-Mar-2018 20:33 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
06-Mar-2018 20:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Mar-2018 20:45 Captain Adam Updated [Registration, Phase, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2018 21:13 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Destination airport, Source]
08-Jun-2020 08:40 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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