Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2004 Issue

May 13, 2004, Surprise, Ariz. / Piper PA-44-180

At about 0700 local time, the Piper Seminole collided with terrain. The CFI, a certificated Private pilot receiving instruction and one passenger sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed. Maneuvers scheduled for the flight included power-on and -off stalls, slow-flight maneuvering, engine shutdown and feathering procedures, single-engine maneuvering and a Vmc demonstration, as well as approaches and landings. Witnesses reported that they saw the airplane rotating as it descended. One witness described its descent as a “falling leaf.” The operating arms of both main gear actuators were extended, which the airframe manufacturer’s representative said corresponded to the gear-down po...

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