Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2000 Issue

March 18, Erwinna, Pa. / Bellanca Decathlon and Piper Pawnee

At 11:10 EST, a Bellanca 8KCAB and a Piper PA-25 collided in midair and crashed at Vansant Airport. The two occupants in the Bellanca and the pilot of the Piper suffered minor injuries. The flight instructor in the Decathlon said they were in the traffic pattern for several minutes and were on the fourth approach to Runway 7 and about 50 feet agl at the time of the accident. He said: “We were on final and [the private pilot] started to pull the nose up to stretch his glide. I told him, ‘Don’t do that. Lower the nose and add power.’ All of a sudden there was this big ‘clunk’ and I said, ‘What are you doing?’ At that point I took the controls, but they stopped working. We hit the ground about...

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