ATL96LA083
ATL96LA083

On May 1, 1996, at about 1915 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-22-135, N1209C, registered to a private owner, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight crashed on initial takeoff climb in the vicinity of Cochran, Georgia. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The commercial pilot/certified flight instructor and student pilot reported no injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight originated from Wimberly Strip, Cochran, Georgia, about 1 minute before the accident.

The certified flight instructor stated the airplane hit a bump on the takeoff roll, and became airborne prematurely. The airplane veered to the right at a very slow airspeed. He lowered the nose to gain airspeed, however he did not obtain the proper climb rate. The airplane collided with trees and crashed into the terrain.

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