Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Piper PA-22-150, N31JP, B&C Aircraft Services LLC: Accident occurred May 15, 2017 at William M. Tuck Airport (W78), South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

B&C Aircraft Services LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N31JP 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA281
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 15, 2017 in South Boston, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA22, registration: N31JP
Injuries: 1 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, the tailwheel-equipped airplane veered to the left, and he “could not keep the [airplane] on [the] runway using full right rudder.” The airplane exited the left side of the runway, continued to turn to the left about 180°, hit an embankment, and the right main landing gear collapsed. 

Subsequently, the right wing impacted the ground, and the airplane came to rest nose down.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

The pilot reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 060° at 7 knots. The pilot landed on runway 19.

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.

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