NTSB Identification: NYC05LA092
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 2005 in Wadsworth, OH
Aircraft: Piper PA-44-180, registration: N2148F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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.
On June 7, 2005, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-44-180, N2148F, was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff from the Weltzien Skypark Airport (15G), Wadsworth, Ohio. The certificated flight instructor and a student pilot were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight that was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.
According to written statements, the pilots were attempting a short-field takeoff from runway 21, a 2,360-foot-long, 37-foot-wide, asphalt runway. As the student pilot began the takeoff roll, the flight instructor reduced the right engine throttle to simulate an engine failure. The student pilot reduced the left engine throttle, and began braking. The flight instructor then instructed the student pilot to resume the takeoff, and the student pilot advanced both throttles forward.
The flight instructor reported that the student pilot attempted to rotated the airplane at an airspeed of 63 knots; however, the airplane did not climb. The flight instructor then reduced the throttles and began braking. The airplane departed the end of the runway, rolled though a ditch, and came to rest in a field.
Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any mechanical malfunctions.
The flight instructor reported that at the time of the accident, the winds were calm, and the outside air temperature was 92 degrees Fahrenheit. The airport elevation was 1,210 feet.
I'm not multi-engine rated or a CFI, but I have to wonder about the wisdom of attempting a single-engine climb from our relatively short runway under high density altitute conditions. You'd be better off trying it at Wadsworth Muni or Medina, where the runways are a bit longer and thus there's a higher margin of error.
Plus, it doesn't sound like there was a complete understanding between the CFI and the student pilot as to what was occurring. In addition, the report doesn't indicate it, but I wonder if this was the first or a subsequent takeoff.
A reminder that danger is always lurking in aviation, and you've got to remain focused at all times inside the cockpit. I'm just glad that no one was injured in the accident.
Reviewing the NTSB website indicates that June hasn't been a good month for multi-engine pilots in our area. See for yourself...