Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2007 Issue

April 22, 2007, Windham, Conn., Piper PA-23-250

The airplane was destroyed upon impacting terrain at 1543 Eastern time. The Private pilot/owner and the Commercial pilot/passenger were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. A witness heard it "sound as if it was taking off again." The witness stated the airplane was climbing away from the runway at an "unusually steep angle," and then turned to the left at a 50-degree angle from the runway, into the wind. As the airplane reached an altitude of approximately 200 feet, it "appeared to stop in midair, while still at a steep angle."

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