Piper Malibu Pitch-Over Incident

Dallas-based corporate pilot Jason Palisin offers a detailed account of a frightening severe pitch-over indicent that occurred in March 1997 in the Piper Malibu he was flying. The cause? A malfunctioning encoding altimeter that fed erroneous information to the KX-297B altitude preselect/alerter module which in turn was tied to the KFC-150 flight director/autopilot. Could a similar scenario have been responsible for the rash of Malibu in-flight breakups during the late 1980s?

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