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De Piper PA-28-181 na verlies van controle tijdens doorstart (Bron: Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid)
De Piper PA-28-181 na verlies van controle tijdens doorstart (Bron: Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid)

Loss of control during touch-and-go, Piper PA-28-181

Status : Closed

On 7 September 2019, PH-LAG, a Piper PA-28-181, departing from Breda International Airport (Seppe), crashed just outside the airfield during a touch and go. On board an instructor, a student pilot and a passenger. One of the occupants, the student, was slightly injured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Clear communication and clear instructions remain crucial

The accident was the result of trying to takeoff during a touch-and-go, with a speed close to the stall speed. Despite the signals that the aircraft was unable to takeoff normally, the flight instructor continued the takeoff roll. When the aircraft became airborne at low altitude it did not gain altitude, banked and struck the ground with its right wing. The aircraft crashed just outside the aerodrome boundary.

No clear agreements had been made before and during the instruction flight about who would fly the aircraft during the touch-and-go. The lack of clear communication and clear instructions led to a situation where it was unclear how the tasks in the cockpit were divided. The technical examination of the aircraft did not reveal any malfunctions that could have contributed to the accident.

Following the accident, the flight school took measures to prevent instructors from instructing on aircraft types with which they have limited experience.

Besides the full report, a Dutch summary of this investigation is available.

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