Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Piper PA-28-140, N5544J: Accident occurred May 27, 2017 at Whiteplains Airport (SC 99), Lexington County, South Carolina

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA322 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Gilbert, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/07/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N5544J
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 final approach to land, the airplane encountered a “swirling wind due to [the] high trees on final approach.” Subsequently, the airplane impacted terrain about 10 to 12 ft short of the runway threshold, the nosewheel collapsed, and the airplane skidded to a stop as it continued forward onto the runway. 

The engine mount sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
An automated weather observation station, about 12 nautical miles from the accident airport, recorded wind from 130° at 7 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 27. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's improper glidepath in variable wind conditions, which resulted in the airplane impacting terrain short of the runway threshold.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, South Carolina

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N5544J

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA322
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Gilbert, SC
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N5544J
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 final approach to land, the airplane encountered a "swirling wind due to [the] high trees on final approach." Subsequently, the airplane impacted terrain about 10 to 12 ft. short of the runway threshold, the nose wheel collapsed, and the airplane skidded to a stop as it continued forward onto the runway.

The engine mount sustained substantial damage.

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


An automated weather observation station, about 12 nautical miles from the accident airport, recorded wind from 130° at 7 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 27.

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