Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2011 Issue

September 21, 2011, Truckee, Calif., Piper PA-23-250 Aztec

At about 0922 Pacific time, the airplane sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain following a loss of control during initial climb. The solo private pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. According to a witness, the airplane initially climbed to an altitude of between 50 and 100 feet agl before it began to veer to the left. The airplane then simultaneously pitched up to about a 30-degree angle, and then entered a left-wing-down, nose-down attitude.

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