News Plane Crashes — 21 March 2017

The pilots — an instructor and his student — of a small propeller plane that crashed last month into a parking lot near Centennial Airport reported struggling to gain altitude as they took off before their aircraft went down.

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a preliminary report on the Feb. 18 crash, said the instructor said the plane was “slow to climb” and that it “felt like something was pushing the airplane down.”

The instructor was seriously injured in the crash while the student pilot was able to pull himself out of the aircraft.

The NTSB says they found no mechanical problems with the engine or other flight controls of the plane, a Piper PA-28 operated by Centennial Flyers.

According to the preliminary report, the student pilot was operating the airplane until it failed to gain altitude and the instructor took over. The plane then banked left and crossed over E-470 before it crashed.

The instructor told investigators that he heard the aircraft’s stall warning horn sounding as the crash happened. The flight was the first for the student in a Piper PA-28.

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