November 01, Franklin, Ky. / Piper Tri-Pacer


At about 1715 eastern time, a Piper PA-22-150 was substantially damaged following a loss of control during takeoff from a private turf airstrip near Franklin. One passenger received minor injuries, and the pilot and another passenger were not injured. The pilot stated that he over-rotated during the takeoff roll. The airplane climbed about 15 feet, then landed hard and departed the runway to the right. It came to rest inverted in the grass about 30 feet beyond the end of the 2,000-foot long, 100-foot wide runway. The pilot had 12,000 hours flight experience with 28 hours in Tri-Pacers.


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