Friday, June 30, 2017

Piper PA-28-140, N6977W: Accident occurred June 29, 2017 at Cherry Ridge Airport (N30), Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania

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

Analysis
The pilot reported that, during the landing flare, a wind gust "picked up" the right wing and "spun" the airplane to the left. The airplane veered off the left side of the runway and came to rest in a ditch.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward portion of the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. An automated weather observation system located about 13 nautical miles from the accident site reported that, about the time of the accident, a right 70°, 8-knot crosswind wind prevailed. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during crosswind conditions. 

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Effect on operation

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

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/N6977W

Location: Honesdale, PA

Accident Number: ERA17CA218
Date & Time: 06/29/2017, 1300 EDT
Registration: N6977W
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:
Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during the landing flare a gust of wind "picked up" the right wing and "spun" the airplane to the left. The airplane veered off the left side of the runway and came to rest in a ditch. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward portion of the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. An automated weather observation system located about 13 nautical miles from the accident site reported that about the time of the accident, a right 70° crosswind wind at 8 knots prevailed.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/19/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:
359 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N6977W
Model/Series: PA 28-140 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-21175
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/08/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 630 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6457.08 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMPO, 1915 ft msl
Observation Time: 1300 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 194°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2600 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / 1°C
Lowest Ceiling: Unknown
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 120°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LEHIGHTON, PA (22N)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: HONESDALE, PA (N30)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information


Airport: CHERRY RIDGE (N30)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1357 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2986 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 41.515556, -75.251667 (est)

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