Preliminary Accident Reports

March 1999 Issue

Dec. 12, Greenville, Pa. / Taylorcraft BC12-D

At about 15:30 EST, a student pilot flying a Taylorcraft BC12-D was killed when the airplane collided with trees during landing practice at Greenville Municipal Airport. A witness who was flying in the airport traffic pattern at the time said the accident airplane touched down in a grassy landing area to the right of paved runway 15. It then veered to the left, crossed the paved runway and headed for the “wide open space” of a turf cross runway. Then, instead of continuing straight toward the cross runway, the airplane made a climbing left turn. The airplane then leveled off and hit trees. The student pilot was 79 years old, and had 109 total flight hours. He had some initial flight training...

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