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Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N7781W: Accident occurred May 19, 2016 at Genesee County Airport (KGVQ), Batavia, New York

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

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA192
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Batavia, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N7781W
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.

The student pilot successfully performed two touch-and-go landings and returned to the same runway to perform a third. He reported that, after a normal touchdown, he applied engine power, and at rotation speed the airplane veered to the left. He was unable to correct with right rudder input. The airplane subsequently traveled off the side of the runway and impacted signs, which resulted in damage to both left and right wing fuel tanks. The pilot continued the takeoff, and, after becoming airborne, noted fuel streaming from the left fuel tank; the engine subsequently experienced a total loss of power. The pilot maneuvered the airplane and landed uneventfully on a road. Postacccident examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Neither fuel tank contained fuel, and it is likely that the loss of engine power was the result of fuel exhaustion caused by the breaches of the fuel system.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a collision with runway signs.



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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

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http://registry.faa.gov/N7781W




NTSB Identification: ERA16LA192
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Batavia, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N7781W
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 May 19, 2016, about 1320 eastern daylight time, a privately owned and operated Piper PA-28-180, N7781W, was substantially damaged during landing at Genesee County Airport (GVQ), Batavia, New York. The student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated about 1300 from Akron Airport (9G3), Akron, New York.

The student pilot stated that he departed from 9G3 and flew to GVQ where he performed two uneventful touch-and-go landings on runway 28. During a third touch-and-go landing he landed uneventfully, retracted the flaps, and added engine power. He was utilizing some right rudder input as the airplane reached rotation speed (approximately 70 mph), and "pulled hard to the left," which he could not correct with full application of right rudder. As the airplane approached the left side of the runway, he noted runway signage, but because the airplane was at takeoff speed, he thought climbing above the signs would result in a safer outcome and continued the takeoff. The airplane departed the left side of the runway and while attempting to clear the signage off the left side of the runway, both wings collided with separate signs, which breached both fuel tanks. The pilot continued the takeoff and while turning left to land on a nearby road, he noted fuel streaming from the left fuel tank and the engine lost power. He flew under one set of powerlines and then over a second set before landing uneventfully on the road.

Examination of the airport and airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed browning of grass beyond both impacted airport signs, and for a short distance past the point where the airplane became airborne. Both fuel tanks were breached; neither contained any fuel. Flight control continuity was confirmed for all flight controls. Examination of the impacted airport signs revealed their posts were frangible.

The pilot reported the wind to be from north at 8 mph with no gusts, while a weather observation taken about 26 minutes before the accident at an airport located about 22 nautical miles east-northeast from GVQ reported the wind was from 280° at 9 knots.





NTSB Identification: ERA16LA192
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Batavia, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N7781W
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 May 19, 2016, about 1320 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180, N7781W, experienced a loss of control during a touch-and go landing and subsequently collided with airport signage at Genesee County Airport (GVQ), Batavia, New York. The student pilot, the sole occupant was not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as a Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight which originated about 1300 from Akron Airport (9G3), Akron, New York.

The student pilot stated that he departed from 9G3 and flew to GVQ where he performed 2 uneventful touch-and-go landings on runway 28. After the second touch-and-go landing he remained in the traffic pattern for a third to the same runway and turned downwind, base, and final. With the flaps fully extended he landed uneventfully, retracted the flaps, and added power to take off again. With some right rudder input he reported the airplane veered to the left, which he could not correct with full right rudder input. He continued the takeoff and departed the runway. With airport signage ahead he attempted to climb but one wing collided with the sign. He continued and the other wing collided with another sign. He then became airborne, and while turning left to land on a nearby road, he noted fuel streaming from the left fuel tank. The engine subsequently lost power, and he flew under one set of powerlines and then over a second set of powerlines before landing uneventfully on the road.

Postaccident examination of the airport and airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed browning of grass beyond both impacted airport signs, and also for a short distance past the point where the airplane became airborne. Both fuel tanks were breached; neither contained any fuel.

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