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In-flight Breakup of PIPER PA28R

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  • Accident No: ERA18FA120
  • Accident Type: Office of Aviation Safety
  • Location: Daytona Beach, FL
  • Date: 4/4/2018

​​On April 4, 2018, at 0953 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-201, N106ER, collided with terrain following an in-flight breakup shortly after takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Daytona Beach, Florida. The airline transport pilot and private pilot were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which departed DAB at 0927.

5/15/2018 - Investigative Update

Preliminary Report
ERA18FA120 NTSB Recs A-87-40-42
ERA18FA120 FAA AD 87-08-08 R1
ERA18FA120 Piper SB-0886
ERA18FA120 Piper SB-0978
ERA18FA120 Piper SB-978A

Preliminary Report​


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