Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2002 Issue

June 08, Rio Rico, Ariz. / Piper Apache

At about 1405 mountain time, a Piper PA-23-160 crashed about three miles west of Nogales International Airport, killing all three aboard. The airplane had been rented in Chandler by an applicant for a CFI-MEI certificate. Also aboard were a CFI and a private, multi-engine pilot. The designated examiner who was scheduled to give the CFI practical test said he was conducting the test when, on engine start, he noted the left engine did not produce sufficient power. He canceled the flight for mechanical reasons. The instructor pilot consulted with the operatorís mechanic and apparently concluded the return flight to Chandler could be made safely. The examiner observed the CFI applicant sitting i...

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