Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2003 Issue

April 12, Conesus, N.Y. / Piper Cherokee 180

At about 1600 eastern time, a Piper PA-28-180 crashed after a loss of control near Conesus, killing the flight instructor and the pilot undergoing model familiarization training. The airplane was operated by a Dansville flying club. A different instructor had begun the checkout earlier in the day. A witness said the airplane pitched up to the point where it appeared the pilot was attempting a loop, then the left wing dropped and the airplane “spiraled” to the ground. The flight instructor had logged 1,097 hours and the pilot receiving instruction had logged 146 hours....

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