NTSB Identification: LAX96LA257.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 02, 1996 in REDLANDS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-44-180, registration: N2931V
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The CFI reported the purpose of the flight was to instruct his 7-hour multiengine student in the procedures to follow upon losing engine power during the ground roll portion of takeoff. During the takeoff acceleration, the CFI cut power to the right engine, and then restored it. The student lost control of the airplane and it veered left off the runway into some bushes. The CFI took the controls and attempted to redirect the airplane back onto the runway by applying right rudder pressure to avoid colliding with the bushes and obstacles on the left hand side of the runway. The CFI also observed obstacles ahead and attempted to over fly them at an airspeed between 75 and 80 knots. The airplane lifted off the ground and the CFI initiated a right bank. The airplane stalled and crashed onto the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the CFI's delayed remedial action by not preventing the airplane's departure from the runway, and his failure to maintain airspeed sufficient to avoid stalling during an attempted low altitude climbing turn. Full narrative available
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