Sunday, July 23, 2017

Piper PA-28R-180, N4594J, Foluain Fabhcun, LLC: Accident occurred July 23, 2017 at Reid–Hillview Airport (KRHV), San Jose, Clara County, California

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

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

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA164 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 23, 2017 in San Jose, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-180, registration: N4594J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 23, 2017, about 1247 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-180, N4594J, was substantially damaged during takeoff from the Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV), San Jose, California. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. The airplane was registered to Foluain Fabhcun LLC., Aptos, California, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight, which was originating at the time of the accident with an intended destination of Marina, California.

The pilot reported that the airplane had just had extensive maintenance performed, which included installation of several avionics upgrades, and right seat brake pedals; the accident flight was the first flight since the maintenance had been completed. During takeoff on runway 31R, as the airplane became airborne at an airspeed of about 80 miles per hour, it immediately entered an uncommanded roll to the left. The pilot said that he attempted to correct for the roll; however, he was unable to, and instead reduced engine power. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the ground and came to rest upright on runway 31L. 

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and left wing were structurally damaged. 

Examination of the airplane by the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge revealed that when the control yoke was rotated for input of right aileron, the left aileron moved upward and the right aileron moved downward. Examination of the aileron cables revealed that they remained attached to the "T" bar aileron control chains. The right aileron control cable was attached to the left side aileron control chain and the left aileron control cable was attached to the right-side aileron control chain. The cables were oriented in a nature that they crossed underneath the flap handle and center console area. 

During a telephone conversation with one of the two mechanics that had worked on the airplane prior to the accident flight, he reported that he performed an oil change along with various other work while another mechanic was installing a second set of rudder pedals with brake controls on the right seat side of the airplane. In addition, the mechanic stated that he checked the airplane for flight control cable tension, noting that the operation was smooth, and visually looked at the ailerons while he was moving the control yoke. He added that at no time did he noticed that the aileron cables were installed backwards. The mechanic further reported that all work on the airplane was performed in accordance with the Piper Aircraft Maintenance Manual. 

The second mechanic reported that he disconnected aileron cables to facilitate installation of rudder pedals and brake assemblies, and subsequently reattached the aileron cables. The mechanic stated that he did not observe the ailerons while the other mechanic checked aileron control deflections. 

During a telephone conversation with the pilot, he reported that prior to the flight, he performed a walk around inspection of the airplane and recalled that he moved the ailerons, but did not verify which direction the control yoke moved. In addition, he said that prior to takeoff, he checked the movement of all the flight controls, but did not verify which direction the ailerons moved when he moved the control yoke. The pilot stated that his primary focus was on the rudder and brakes as they were recently worked on.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

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

Foluain Fabhcun, LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N4594J

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA164
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 23, 2017 in San Jose, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-180, registration: N4594J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 23, 2017, about 1247 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-180, N4594J, was substantially damaged during takeoff from the Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV), San Jose, California. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. The airplane was registered to Foluain Fabhcun LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight, which was originating at the time of the accident, with an intended destination of Marina, California.

The pilot reported that this was the airplane's first flight after extensive maintenance, which included installation of several avionics upgrades and right seat brake pedals. During takeoff on runway 31R, as the airplane became airborne at an airspeed of about 80 miles an hour, it immediately entered an uncommanded roll to the left. The pilot said that he attempted to correct the roll, without success, and the airplane impacted the ground.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and left wing were structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.




SAN JOSE — A small plane trying to take off from Reid-Hillview Airport Sunday afternoon tilted and skidded off the runway, prompting a brief halt in takeoffs and landings, according to fire officials.


The pilot suffered minor injuries and was treated at the airport. There were no other passengers aboard.

About 12:45 p.m. San Jose Fire dispatchers received an emergency call from the airport, fire Capt. Brad Cloutier said.

“The Piper PA-28R-180 had just departed Runway 31 Right when it crashed onto Runway 31 Left under unknown circumstances,”  Allen Kenitzer of the FAA Office of Communications wrote in an email.

“One wing tip got tilted, hit the pavement and caused the plane to skid off the runway,” Randy Christopher, a fire department senior dispatcher, said.

The pilot was able to get out of the plane, Cloutier said. The plane ended up losing its nose gear on the pavement.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, according to Kenitzer.

Landings and takeoffs were suspended for about a half-hour until firefighters could clean up spilled oil and airport officials could move the plane away from the landing strip area.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, as is usual in aircraft crashes, will investigate, Kenitzer said.

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