Monday, July 08, 2013

Piper PA-28-151 Warrior, N44293: Accident occurred July 08, 2013 in Bronston, Kentucky

NTSB Identification: ERA13CA317 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 08, 2013 in Bronston, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/19/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N44293
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated that he was attempting a soft-field takeoff from a turf runway that he described as “extremely wet and soggy with tall grass.” The airplane became airborne approximately halfway down the 2,500-foot-long runway, and the pilot reported that climb performance was degraded due to hot weather conditions. During the climb, the left landing gear impacted a line of trees past the runway end. The pilot stated that he was unable to maintain airspeed, and the airplane subsequently stalled and impacted an open field, resulting in substantial damage to the left wing. The fuselage was consumed by post-crash fire. The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident was the airplane’s reduced climb performance due to density altitude, as well as the pilot’s decision to initiate the takeoff from the wet turf runway.

BRONSTON, Ky (WYMT) - Two people have been injured in southeastern Kentucky when the small plane they were aboard crashed after takeoff.

Officials in Pulaski County have confirmed the plane crashed near Flynn-Collyer Road in the Bronston community.

Gary D. McGlothin, 54 of Lexington, and Charles A. Jackson, 55 of Winchester, were both involved in the crash.

Police say the plane was a 1974 Piper Warrior, and the accident took place at Boss Airfield.

Officials  say the fire seen in the crash pictures erupted after the plane crashed.

Both men were able to walk away from the scene before being airlifted to UK Medical Center for precaution. 

Sheriff's Office officials say that two people were injured when a two-passenger plane crashed at about 4:00 PM on Monday.

The FAA and NTSB have been notified and will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

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