September 22, 2012, Roanoke, Texas, Piper PA-28R-180 Arrow


The airplane impacted terrain and trees at about 1330 Central time. The commercial pilot and flight instructor were fatally injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed.

Witnesses indicated the airplane’s takeoff roll was noticeable longer than typical, with an unusual engine sound. The airplane was observed to start a left turn before it descended toward a grove of trees and disappeared out of sight. The airplane impacted several trees off the south end of the runway. Both the left and right wings separated near their roots and remained suspended in the trees. The fuselage was located about 60 feet beyond the wings, nestled amongst the base of several trees.


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