May 14, 2010, Redmond, Ore., Piper PA-24-250 Comanche


The airplane was substantially damaged at about 0718 Pacific time when it impacted terrain during initial climb. The solo commercial pilot was killed. Visual conditions prevailed.

A witness in the ATC tower observed the accident airplane depart, reporting it appeared to be “on a normal climb.” As the airplane was about one-half mile beyond the departure end of the runway, it entered an abrupt climb at an approximate 90-degree angle. The witness further stated that the airplane climbed for approximately 200 feet, nosed over, “descended very steeply,” and impacted terrain.


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