Friday, March 18, 2016

Piper PA-28-180, N9309J: Accident occurred March 12, 2016 in Pearland, Texas

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA147
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Pearland, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28, registration: N9309J
Injuries: 4 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 in gusty wind conditions with aileron corrections applied, the airplane began to weather vane to the left. He further reported that as the airplane slowed down the landing gear tires "suddenly regained traction". Subsequently, the airplane veered to the right, departed the runway, and the right main landing gear impacted an airport sign and collapsed. The right wing sustained substantial damage. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine 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 in gusty wind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and a collision with an airport sign.

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