Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2011 Issue

March 19, 2011, Ocean Springs, Miss., Piper PA-28-140

At about 1410 Central time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff. The airline transport pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries; the third passenger was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot later stated he flew the 12-mile distance from the airplane’s base to pick up the three passengers and consumed "about an hour’s worth of fuel" while en route. He boarded the passengers, loaded approximately 40 pounds of luggage, and completed the engine start, run-up, taxi and takeoff roll with no anomalies noted.

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