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Tail numberN38171
Accident dateJune 26, 2009
Aircraft typePiper PA-32R-300
LocationLakeview, AR
Near 36.351389 N, -92.539444 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 26, 2009, at 0904 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-300, N38171, registered to and operated by PropAire, Inc., of St. Louis, Missouri, and piloted by a private pilot, was destroyed when it struck a tree and impacted terrain shortly after taking off from Gaston's Air strip (3MO), Lakeview, Arkansas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and no flight plan had been filed. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, another passenger was seriously injured, and a fourth passenger sustained minor injuries. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident and was en route to Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS), St. Louis, Missouri.

One witness videotaped the takeoff from the 3,200-foot grass airstrip. Other witnesses said that after the airplane lifted off, it disappeared below the airport into a shallow valley. When it reappeared in a slight climb, the wings were "wig-wagging" and the airplane was "porpoising." Witnesses fishing on the nearby White River heard the impact and called 9-1-1. They described the weather as being hot, hazy, and muggy. Numerous personal effects were found in the airplane and scattered on the ground.

(c) 2009-2011 Lee C. Baker. For informational purposes only.