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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35160
Last updated: 16 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P32T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32RT
Owner/operator:SS AIR
Registration: N789CS
MSN: 32R-7887257
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Selmer, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:SZY
Destination airport:Shreveport, LA (SHV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane collided with trees and subsequently the ground shortly after takeoff. According to witnesses, the airplane used about 3/4ths of the 5002-foot runway on the takeoff roll, and just before liftoff they heard the engine 'miss-fire'. They said the airplane did not seem to want to climb, and they observed it porpoise just above the trees. The airplane porpoise two or three times and then disappeared into the trees, and a crash was heard followed by smoke and fire. Examination of weight and balance data showed that the takeoff weight of the airplane was 252 pounds more than the designed limits at the time of the accident. The toxicology examination found evidence of Hydrocodone, dihydrocodeine and acetaminophen in the pilot's blood and liver samples.
Probable Cause: The pilots inadequate preflight planning and preparation, that resulted in exceeding the designed weight and balance of the airplane. Factors were the pilot's use of inappropriate medications and the collision with trees.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
12-Dec-2017 19:17 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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