Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2011 Issue

November 11, 2010, West Palm Beach, Fla., Piper PA-44-180

The airplane collided nose-down onto a taxiway at 1805 Eastern time, shortly after takeoff. The flight instructor, a commercial pilot and two passengers were killed, and the airplane was destroyed. There was a post-crash fire. During initial climb, the flight instructor told ATC they had an engine failure and "needed to turn-around and land." The controller cleared the flight to land "any runway" and there was no further communications with the flight.

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