Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2011 Issue

May 7, 2011, Ocilla, Ga., Piper PA-28-180

The aircraft was substantially damaged during collision with terrain at 1030 Eastern time, shortly after takeoff. The private pilot/owner and three passengers sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed, The flight was destined for a nearby airport, for a fuel purchase. The pilot reported he turned the airplane to the right immediately after liftoff, to avoid a tree. The engine stopped producing power, the stall warning activated and the airplane remained in a right bank until ground contact.

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