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N602EA accident description

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Crash location 42.795833°N, 86.161944°W
Nearest city Holland, MI
42.787523°N, 86.108930°W
2.7 miles away
Tail number N602EA
Accident date 28 Jul 2005
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-151
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On July 28, 2005, about 0915 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-151, N602EA, piloted by a flight instructor, was destroyed on impact with trees and terrain during climbout from runway 12 (2,245 feet by 90 feet dry turf) at the Park Township Airport, near Holland, Michigan. The instructional flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot reported that he and his student were uninjured. The local flight departed from the Muskegon County Airport, near Muskegon, Michigan, about 0845.

The flight instructor's accident report, in part, stated:

Flew to Park Township (HLM) to practice short [and] soft field

takeoffs and landing. Performed two short field landings. Made

appropriate radio calls and entered left traffic for [runway] 12. Got

stabilized on final and touched down on the grass [runway]. During

the climbout, the airplane stalled just above the trees. In recovery,

lowered the nose and struck the trees of the nearby woods. Airplane

crashed into the ground.

The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane in reference to the flight.

At 0853, the recorded weather at HLM was: Wind 260 degrees at 3 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 18 degrees C; dew point 14 degrees C; altimeter 30.14 inches of mercury.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed which resulted in a stall, and subsequent collision with trees. Contributing to the accident were the trees.

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