Sunday, December 20, 2015

Piper PA-22-108 Colt, N5667Z: Accident occurred December 20, 2015 at New Castle Municipal Airport (KUCP), Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA084 
4 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 20, 2015 in New Castle, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA22, registration: N5667Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the landing roll the airplane veered to the right. He responded by applying left rudder, but the airplane departed the runway to the right, impacted a ditch, and nosed over. The left wing strut sustained substantial damage. 

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and a nose over.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Allegheny PFSDO-03

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – A small plane flipped over as it was attempting to land at the New Castle Municipal Airport in Lawrence County around 2:30 on Sunday afternoon.

The pilot, who didn’t want to appear on camera, told WKBN that he was coming in for a landing, when the plane flipped over and went off the runway, into a ditch.

He took off from Beaver and was the only person on board, walking away without a scratch.

David Kelty has been flying in and out of the same airport for more than 20 years.

“You can replace airplanes every day. As long as nobody gets hurt, that’s all that counts as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

Kelty found out about this accident through a friend. It’s the third one he’s seen at the New Castle Municipal Airport.A plane flips over after attempting to land in New Castle.

“When you have a crosswind…from your left or right side, it can surprise you very quickly. If you touch down and lose control of the airplane, it’ll flip over on you.”

Kelty says when a pilot is taking off and landing at the airport, they’re not one hundred percent sure what the conditions are, so it’s always important to remain focused.

“Can’t stress enough to you: safety, safety, safety. You have to pay attention to everything you’re doing. It’s just like driving a car.”

At this airport, there is more than one runway that pilots can land on. They’re positioned in different directions for a specific reason.

“You land and take off with the wind, so you have a choice what runway you want to use,” Kelty said.

Pilots are still using the runway where the accident happened, because the aircraft flipped over onto the grass. Kelty says that runway is the longest at the airport.

“This is the runway that we mostly use, but both of them are very sufficient for light aircraft.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking over the investigation. They’ll be at the crash scene tomorrow to figure out exactly what happened.

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AIRCRAFT: 1962 Piper PA-22-108 Colt N5667Z

ENGINE(S):   Lycoming 0-235-C1B Serial# L-8331-15

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated from logbooks or other information):

ENGINES: 2005.77 TT 897.77 SMOH      AIRFRAME:   2005.77

EQUIPMENT: 2A50 Transponder, 2 Narco Comms/ Narco NAV/COM MK12D, Audio

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  AC departed runway, hit ditch, NG collapsed and AC flipped over.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: One prop blade bent, Spinner, Lower Cowling, Baffle area, NG, engine mounts, LH wing Strut, LH wing Root, LH wing OB and LE. Top of Rudder,                                                                  Top of Fuselage, Two antenna, RH wing OB Section, RH wing tip, RH wing LE. LH side of fuselage near the strut was wrinkled.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Private Hangar at New Castle Municipal Airport (KUCP), PA.        

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  1. I soloed in a Piper Colt in May 1972. I still believe learning to fly in the Colt made you a better pilot than learning in a 150.....

  2. I agree about the Colt. High wing loading made it interesting to fly and was a great teacher.