The tail number of the aircraft I got my MEI training was N578TP, and in those pictures it seemed to be that same plane. Any one here knows the tail number for a fact? That is terrible news. That plane was strong, and even though a 1979 model, it had all the avionics of the new seminoles. By the looks of the crash it seems it dropped on a flat spin, which is not hard to get into in a seminole at speeds below Vmc.
My prayers and thoughts go to the families of those guys and gals.
I have a zoomed in picture, and the tail number is *blurry* 78TP the *blurry* most looks like a 5. I was looking around at other pictures to see if they had the rest of the tailnumber, but I think you just got it.
It is definately terrible news, and a little surreal.. Eventhough I haven't flown at ATP yet I am planning to this year, just a bit strange.
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Don't like to speculate (well I do), but it's so hard, there isn't even a preliminary at the ntsb yet.
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I don't think there's anything wrong with pilots trying to determine what caused a crash. A few people think everyone should just shut up and act like they aren't curious as to what happened. Pilots are morbidly curious like everyone else(i.e. people slowing down as they pass a traffic accident). I'm sure everyone has thought about what might have happened, regardless of if they have written about it.
My question to any ATP guys is what min altitudes do/did you practice different maneuvers involving engine failures (VMC Demo, Engine loss during takeoff, etc)? Is there a set guideline that everyone uses? The PTS is there of course, but maybe ATP is more restrictive and uses higher altitudes for certain maneuvers. I've got the ATP supp somewhere, but I don't know if its published in there or not.
"What amazes me is that I have a crashed plane with fatalities in my logbook. "
Ive got two aircraft in my logbook that no longer fly. The first aircraft crashed as I was on my way to the airport to fly it. The second looks like this in my logbook.
I have a logbook entry that goes something like... 7/2/02 * PA28RT201 * N8143B * M84 * ---------------------------------------------------------------------
I was actually a back seat passenger at the time (had been flying about 5 minutes before) but stuck it in my logbook for memmories. Unfortunatly my instructor will never be able to sign that logbook entry or the actual flight I flew before that. Consider yourserlf lucky!