Thursday, October 20, 2016

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N5541F: Accident occurred October 19, 2016 at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (KFAT), Fresno, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fresno FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Fresno, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28, registration: N5541F
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 he flew to a tower-controlled airport to practice simulated engine failure approach and landings. During departure following his fifth approach, he wanted to know what time it was and began looking for his phone, including reaching behind the seat to find it. He further reported that he must have been pulling back on the yoke while searching and when he looked forward, the airplane was in a right yaw. He reported that he does not remember anything after that, but believed that the airplane aerodynamically stalled and subsequently impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

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

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Investigators are on the scene of small plane crash at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

FAA spokesperson said a Piper PA-28 aircraft crashed on the runway shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Authorities said the pilot was the only person on board and his condition remains unknown at this time but he was taken to the hospital.

An FAA spokesperson said that they believe the plane crashed while attempting to land.

The FAA and NTSB will take over the investigation as they try to uncover the reason behind the crash.

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