Aug. 8, Seven Springs, Pa. / Piper PA28R-180 Arrow


At about 15:10 EDT, a Piper Arrow struck trees shortly after takeoff from the Seven Springs Airport, killing the pilot and passenger. The IFR flight was originating, destined for Louisville, Ky. The aircraft struck trees about mile from the runway, but all were below runway elevation because of downsloping terrain. A check of FAA records showed that the pilots certificate had been suspended for one year on March 10, 1999, for violation of FAR Part 61.15A, which covers drug convictions.


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