November 14, 2009, Dennisville, N.J., Piper PA-28R-200


The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain at about 1050 Eastern time, some ten minutes after takeoff. The non-instrument-rated private pilot/owner, and his 12-year-old son were fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed; no flight plan was filed.

According to several witnesses, the pilot originally planned to depart on November 12, but poor weather caused him to delay his departure. The following day, the pilot again decided not to depart due to the weather. On the morning of the accident, witnesses reported a solid overcast ceiling at 200 to 300 feet agl. The airplane took off and climb into the overcast. Witnesses on and near the airport reported hearing the airplane and that its sound gave them the impression it was continuously changing speed and direction, as if it was climbing, descending and circling. The next day, airplane components were found in two locations: at the main wreckage site, and along a debris path consisting of portions of the left wing and left stabilator. The main wreckage was approximately 3500 feet south-southwest of a runway at the departure airport.


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