Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2001 Issue

July 28, Westfield, Mass. / Piper Malibu Mirage

About 16:55 eastern time, a Piper PA-46-350 struck a building during a go-around at Barnes Municipal Airport, killing the pilot and leaving two passengers with serious injuries. The air traffic controller on duty at the time said the airplane was sequenced behind two other airplanes for a visual approach to the 9,000-foot runway 20. The airplane was on final approach at about 150 to 200 feet agl when the controller instructed the pilot to go around because the previous airplane had not cleared the runway. The Malibu pilot said he wanted to remain in the pattern and was instructed to make left traffic. The airplane then banked steeply left, almost 90 degrees of bank according to several witne...

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