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Plane Crash In Cheshire

Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:53 pm

Hi

Sad to hear about the 2 fatalities, prayers and thoughts go to friends and families,  

Links to the articles, Sources: BBC

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-19290501
2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18608871

Do we know a possible contribution to the cause of the crash?

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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:05 pm

very sad!! God have mercy on their souls
 
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:16 pm

From reading the articles linked, one cannot draw any conclusions or speculation about what could have caused the crash.
It could be anything from A to Z. We'll have to wait for more information to materialize. All we know at the time is that the aircraft is a Piper Traumahawk.
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:25 pm

I live about 5 minutes away from there
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:49 pm

Quoting type-rated (Reply 2):
All we know at the time is that the aircraft is a Piper Traumahawk.

A flying friend of mine told me that the production Tomahawk differed from the one that was certified in a very important detail; Piper was unhappy with the cost of building the plane and decided to save money by removing every other wing rib. This is the version that went into production; the one that was certified had twice as many wing ribs. This undoubtedly has changed its behavior in extreme situations, and could well be behind the Tomahawk's bad record of stall-spin accidents. I'm surprised that, if this is the case, that the FAA let them get away with it.
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:10 pm

The problem with the Traumahawk (as a lot of people call it) is that it is a more realistic aircraft to fly say than the Cherokee series which a lot of flight instructors think is too docile for good flight training. In some circumstances you can't get a Cherokee to stall for take off and departure stalls., it just bobbles along at the edge of the stall until you reduce power a little bit. I think it's one of the safest aircraft out there. Even if you manhandle it all day long it won't bite. Personally, I have flown PA28-140's, 180's and 200R's all over the country. It makes a very nice first airplane for people. And yes, the 140 is a little underpowered and those two back seats don't help either. On hot days you really have to watch the density altitude and your total weight.

The Tomahawk doesn't do that. It has very sharp stall characteristics and the pilot must be ready to keep control of the aircraft when it stalls. Get a little sloppy on the rudders when practicing stalls and it'll try to spin on you. As a CFI I think it's a better trainer because when you train in it stepping up to and aircraft with more critical speeds is easier for the student. This is one reason Piper built it, people thought the Cherokee was too docile for training.

I think that if Piper took out some wing ribs when going from the prototype to the production models, I think the FAA would say something about that. I don't know if that is true.
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:17 pm

You can't just remove ribs between certification and production. The aircraft would have to be recertified. Whatever number ofi ribs are in the production aircraft that is the number of ribs it was certified with. Piper may have changed its its initial design during testing but I assure u any such changes were tested and properly certified.
 
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:38 pm

Quoting seemyseems (Reply 3):
I live about 5 minutes away from there

Me too. It's sad news.
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:03 pm

I live in Macclesfield, Cheshire and can't believe I hadn't heard about this until now.
So sad, and such a shame..
 
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Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:08 pm

Quoting Flaps (Reply 6):
You can't just remove ribs between certification and production. The aircraft would have to be recertified. Whatever number ofi ribs are in the production aircraft that is the number of ribs it was certified with. Piper may have changed its its initial design during testing but I assure u any such changes were tested and properly certified.

I agree that that is what is supposed to happen. But I have also lived long enough to realize that rule books are paper, and are only as good as the people enforcing them. Do you honestly think that all of the rules are enforced properly all the time? (and I am specifically referring to certification rules.) If you believe that, have I got a deal for you on a bridge in Brooklyn.
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:31 pm

I just found out the instructor involved, used to be my instructor when I first started training. RIP  
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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:56 pm

Hi

It is very sad news, and I hope the cause can be found sooner rather than later.

Quoting LuftyMatt (Reply 10):
I just found out the instructor involved, used to be my instructor when I first started training. RIP

I am sorry to hear that  

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RE: Plane Crash In Cheshire

Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:56 pm

Quoting LuftyMatt (Reply 10):

I just found out the instructor involved, used to be my instructor when I first started training. RIP

My friend had flown the aircraft the week before! I was pretty shocked when he told me
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