NTSB Identification: WPR12FA420
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Strawberry, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N4188E
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On September 13, 2012, about 1453 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-181, N4188E, collided with steep terrain within a canyon near Strawberry, Arizona. CAE Global Academy Phoenix (CAE) was operating the airplane under the terms of a training services agreement with KLM Flight Academy, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as an instructional/evaluation flight. The student pilot, certified flight instructor (CFI), and private pilot-rated passenger acting as an evaluator, sustained fatal injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence, and was subsequently consumed by post impact fire. The cross-country flight departed Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, at 1412, with a presumed destination of Payson, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan had been filed.

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