Sunday, July 2, 2017

Piper PA-28R-200, N5003S, Pratt Air Services Inc: Accident occurred July 11, 2013 at Mid Valley Airport (T65), Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Pratt Air Services Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN13CA407
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Weslaco, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/05/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N5003S
Injuries: 2 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 flight instructor reported that the pilot receiving instruction was attempting to perform a soft field landing on runway 31 during the second landing of the flight. The flight instructor reported that the wind was from 160 degrees at 12 knots, gusting to 18 knots. During the landing flare, the airplane was “getting pushed” off centerline. The flight instructor informed the pilot receiving instruction to put in full power and do a go-around. The airplane’s nose wheel struck a light generator on the side of the runway causing the airplane to skid across the taxiway and into the grass, which resulted in substantial damage to the wing. The flight instructor reported that there was no malfunction or system failure of the airplane before the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot receiving instruction failed to compensate for the crosswind condition during landing, and the flight instructor's delayed corrective action.

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