Preliminary Accident Reports

July 1999 Issue

Apr. 12, Hardeeville, S.C. / Piper PA-16

About 14:10 EDT, a Piper PA-16 crashed while trying to avoid turbulence, killing the two occupants. Records show the pilot reported that turbulence was “pretty bad” at his assigned altitude of 5,500 feet msl, and he requested a lower altitude. The controller had to give the pilot a left turn because of conflicting traffic at 12 o’clock, and 4 miles, opposite direction, at 4,000 feet. The airplane started the left turn and the pilot reported that turbulence was now severe. Radar stopped showing a return at 14:09....

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