Accident to the Piper PA-28 registered F-OGPJ on 20/02/2017 at Petit-Bourg (Guadeloupe)

Investigation progression Closed
Progress: 100%

The pilot requested clearance from the air traffic controller of Pointe-à-Pitre Le Raizet airport to start up and fly south towards Goyave Capesterre and then back to the airfield. He took off at 08:07 and flew south at an altitude of 1,000 ft. He turned back at Anse de Sable, south of Goyave, then took a heading north and flew towards the house of a woman who had been a close friend. He then began a U-turn during which he cut off the transponder, and started descending. A witness observed the aeroplane at a very low height above the roof of a house lower down the slope from the house initially flown over and then heard the engine power increase. A few seconds later, the aeroplane collided with the woman’s house.

The investigation was not able to determine if the collision with this house was intentional or was the result of an uncontrolled go-around.