Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2010 Issue

May 16, 2010, Clearwater, Fla., Piper PA-46-350P

The foreign-registered airplane was substantially damaged at about 1015 Eastern time during impact with trees and a house shortly after takeoff. The commercial pilot and one passenger were seriously injured; another passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. The flight’s purpose was to ferry toys and relief supplies to Haiti. The pilot stated he retracted the wing flaps "too early" after takeoff.

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