April 11, 2011, Richmond, Va., Piper PA-31-350


The airplane was destroyed at 2127 Eastern time when it impacted a taxiway after takeoff. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. Night visual conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed for the Part 135 non-scheduled cargo flight.

After reaching about 200 feet agl, the airplane descended and impacted a taxiway parallel to the departure runway. The majority of the airframe exhibited extensive impact and post-impact fire-related damage. The empennage was almost completely consumed by fire.


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