Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2005 Issue

November 14, 2004, Dubbs, Miss. / Piper PA-28R-200

At about 1220 Central time, the airplane was destroyed and the Private pilot and two passengers aboard fatally injured when it crashed in the town of Dubbs, Miss. Visual conditions prevailed for the flight, which originated in Gonzales, La., at about 1030. Two witnesses stated they observed the engine making a “funny” noise, and then the airplane spiraled downward, with parts coming off of it. The fuselage of the accident airplane impacted inverted, in an open cotton field. Outboard portions of both wings had separated from the airplane at the wing splice and the stabilator and vertical stabilizer/rudder had detached from the airplane at their attach points. Weather in the vicinity included...

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