Piper PA-34-200 Seneca, G-BETT, 22 July 2004

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca, G-BETT


The aircraft was being flown on a Continued Airworthiness Flight Test as part of the Certificate of Airworthiness renewal process. A single engine climb was carried out with the left engine performing normally at maximum continuous power. Although not required by the flight test schedule, the pilot decided to repeat the exercise on the right engine, but during the second single engine climb the right engine failed. Attempts to restart either engine were unsuccessful and the aircraft crash landed in a field of crops, causing injury to both occupants. The aircraft suffered extensive damage and was written off.

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