Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2001 Issue

Jan. 15, Falmouth, Mass. / Piper Tri-Pacer

At 19:45 eastern time, a Piper PA-22-108 was last observed in the vicinity of Falmouth. The airplane has not been located and the pilot is presumed dead. The pilot contacted controllers at Norwood Mass., at about 16:00, asking for a special VFR departure clearance to the southwest. The controller observed “what appeared to be up to 2 inches of slush and snow on the airplane’s wings and control surfaces” as well as ceilings of 400 feet and denied the clearance. The pilot departed runway 17 without a clearance and turned southwest along Interstate 95. The pilot reported clear of the airport’s “class Delta” airspace within five minutes. Over the next several hours, several witnesses saw the air...

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