Feb. 15, Chamblee, Ga. / Piper Warrior


At 12:25 EST, a Piper PA-28-161 dragged its left wingtip and cartwheeled while trying to avoid a helicopter during a touch-and-go landing at Dekalb Peachtree Airport. The solo student pilot was killed. Witnesses said a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter passed the Warrior on short final, made a low approach down runway 2L and stopped at or just beyond the departure end of the runway. The Warrior was cleared for a touch and go on runway 2L and, upon taking off, banked 90 degrees left in what was apparently an attempt to avoid the helicopter.


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