Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2004 Issue

October 20, Mesa, Ariz. / Piper Cherokee 235

At 1618 mountain time, a Piper PA-28-235 was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain during an attempt to return to Falcon Field Airport in Mesa. The pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The flight had just originated when the pilot reported a loose panel. Witnesses observed a partially latched top cowl blocking a portion of the windshield. ...

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