NTSB Identification: WPR13FA281
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Idaho Falls, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N830SS
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 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 June 22, 2013, about 1335 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-30, N830SS, collided with the ground shortly after takeoff from runway 17 at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), Idaho Falls, Idaho. The airplane was registered and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a cross-country personal flight. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured and one passenger was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with an intended destination of Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyoming.

In a written statement, a controller from the Air Traffic Control Tower reported that after clearing the accident airplane for takeoff, she watched as the airplane started it’s takeoff roll and subsequent climb about 3,000 feet down the runway. The controller stated that she turned her attention to inbound traffic and shortly after heard an airplane’s engine revving up. She looked in the direction of the sound and saw dust in the air in the area of the accident site.

Witnesses adjacent to the accident site reported observing the airplane depart runway 17 and that it sounded like the engines were “surging and popping.” Witnesses stated that the airplane climbed to an altitude of about 150 feet above ground level, and turned to the right, in a steep turn toward a small open grass lot. Subsequently, the airplane impacted terrain near an office building and about 1,000 feet southeast of the terminal building at IDA.

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