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Thread: Accident in Phoenix

  1. #11

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    Jul 2017
    Douglas Flat, CA
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berson View Post
    No reason to automatically assume it was overweight...
    But plenty of reason to suspect it.
    Bob Kuykendall
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  2. #12

    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Everything is suspect at first. But it did climb high enough to apparently stall and go straight in. So why did it stall? I would check everything suspect after an impact 1/2 mile from the airport. Such as wrong fuel. Wrong tank, etc.

    I would ask the Tower controller if he was accelerating in ground effect or climbing directly after liftoff? And runway length used? In my opinion, with a long runway it is best to climb above ground effect soon to test the aircraft climb ability rather than get the extra kinetic energy and find later it won't climb out of ground effect when it is too late.
    Last edited by Bill Berson; 04-14-2018 at 11:40 AM.

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