December 09, Livingston, Texas / Piper Cherokee 140


At 1756 central time, a Piper PA-28-140 was destroyed following a loss of control during a dark night approach to the Livingston Municipal Airport in high winds. The pilot was killed and the student pilot-rated passenger was seriously injured. Witnesses reported that the airplane was flying at a low altitude before colliding with a tree and power lines. The airplane came to rest approximately 2,600 feet southeast of the approach end to runway 30. At 1750, a wind monitor located about one mile from the accident site registered 42 mph northerly winds with maximum wind speed of 52 mph. According to local law enforcement officials, the 70-hour private pilot was seated in the right seat, and the 25-hour student pilot-rated passenger was seated in the left seat.


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