Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Piper PA-28-236 Dakota, N8161X; accident occurred June 17, 2016 in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida -Kathryn's Report

LITTLE BLUEBIRD LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8161X

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA225
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 17, 2016 in Punta Gorda, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-236, registration: N8161X
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 17, 2016, about 1820 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-236, N8161X, sustained substantial damage during landing roll out at the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), Punta Gorda, Florida. The private pilot and the two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated by the pilot. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed Peter O. Knight Airport (TPF), Tampa, Florida, about 1630 and was destined for PGD. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. 

The pilot stated that the flight was normal until after he landed. During the landing roll, the airplane suddenly departed the left-side of the runway and ended up in the grass. The pilot initially thought he had blown a tire, but when he exited the airplane he noticed an McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 parked on Taxiway A2 performing a maintenance test run of its engines. 

A review of airport surveillance video captured the accident airplane as it landed on runway 22. During the landing roll, the airplane's right wing was suddenly lifted into the air causing the left wing to strike the ground as it passed directly behind the MD-83. The airplane then veered off the runway into the grass. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the left wing spar was bent and the landing gear was damaged. 

The weather conditions reported at PDG, at 1753, included wind from 270 degrees at 9 knots, visibility 10 statute miles and clear skies.

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