Saturday, April 22, 2017

Piper PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer, N8130D: Accident occurred July 02, 2016 in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;   Harrisonburg, Virginia 

Aviation Accident Final Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA239
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Harrisonburg, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-160, registration: N8130D
Injuries: 1 Serious, 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/owner of the single-engine, tailwheel-equipped airplane was attempting to depart from a private turf runway. During the takeoff, a wind gust contacted the airplane from the left side, and the airplane veered to the right. The airplane's right wing and propeller then struck a fence post. The pilot tried to fly the airplane back to the runway, but it impacted terrain and slid into a tree. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. Examination of the wreckage revealed substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The recorded weather at an airport located about 15 miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, included a left quartering headwind at 9 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions.


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