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Crash After a Single Engine Take-off in a Piper Aztec is not an “Accident”

On August 24, 2009, the Canadian pilot of a twin engine Piper Aztec flew from North Carolina to Southern Ontario.  To clear customs, the pilot made a stop in Brantford, Ontario.  After the Canadian Border Services Agents did not arrive, the pilot decided to fly the short remaining leg to his farm.

The pilot started the left engine, but had difficulty starting the right.  He shut down the aircraft and attempted to find the problem.  Eventually he determined that the right engine was not going to start.  He considered his options and decided to attempt a take-off with only one engine.

The pilot started his take-off roll.  After the wheels of the aircraft lost contact with the ground, the asymmetrical …

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