Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2005 Issue

June 25, 2005, Fairview, Penn. / Piper PA-28-235

At about 1235 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed when it impacted a residence shortly after takeoff. The Commercial pilot was seriously injured and three passengers were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed; an IFR flight plan had been filed for the cross-country flight. One witness reported that the airplane used the majority of the 5001-foot runway and didn’t appear to gain altitude. A second witness stated that the accident airplane’s engine sounded like it was “missing” for a period of approximately 10 seconds. The airplane descended in an upright attitude, impacting the residence. According to another witness, the pilot repeated that he “couldn’t get air, couldn’t get alti...

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