Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2013 Issue

March 15, 2013, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Piper PA-31T Cheyenne

The airplane was destroyed at about 1620 Eastern time when it impacted the ground shortly after takeoff. The airline transport pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed for the local test fight. The airplane had undergone engine ground checks during the four days prior to the accident. Shortly after takeoff, witnesses observed the airplane make a steep right turn back toward the airport. The pilot transmitted that he was experiencing an “emergency.”

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