Monday, March 07, 2016

Piper PA-22-108, N5488Z: Accident occurred March 06, 2016 in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Charlotte FSDO-68

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA125
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 06, 2016 in Lincolnton, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-108, registration: N5488Z
Injuries: 2 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 non-certificated pilot/owner of the single engine airplane was conducting a local test flight with a prospective buyer, who held a private pilot certificate. After exiting the airport traffic area and climbing to an altitude of 1,800 feet, the pilot permitted the prospective buyer to manipulate the flight controls. The pilot then reassumed control of the airplane for the return flight to the departure airport. According to the prospective buyer, while on final approach to land on runway 5, he noticed that the airplane was yawed to the left and applied right rudder, but the pilot told him to stay off the controls, which he did for the remainder of the flight. After landing, the airplane veered to the left and departed the left side of the runway; where it struck an embankment, and flipped over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wing struts, rudder, aft lower fuselage, firewall, and nose gear assembly. Both occupants stated there were no pre-impact anomalies with the airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The non-certificated pilot's loss of directional control while landing.

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