Double Fatal Crash of Piper Comanche

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Before The Incident

A Piper PA-24 took off from the highly elevated Angel Fire Airport. Friends of the occupants noted that the plane was unstable as soon as it left the runway for Great Bend, Kansas.

Maintaining Control

According to a witness, she saw the plane “stalling” over the highway. She initially thought the pilot wanted to land using the road.

Avoiding Power Lines

She watched the plane evade the power lines and make a sharp right turn. It impacted the trees and a building before crashing.

Fatal Crash

The plane clipped its wing on a roof. It flipped and crashed to the ground as flames engulfed the cockpit. The pilot and his wife did not survive the accident.

Probable Cause

The plane’s performance was affected by the high-density altitude and gusting wind conditions. In addition, the pilot’s inexperience with high-altitude flying also contributed to the plane’s inability to maintain altitude during the initial takeoff climb. 

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