Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Piper PA-28-181 Archer, N915PA, registered to Bird Acquisition LLC and operated by TransPac Aviation Academy: Accident occurred August 14, 2017 -and- Incident occurred June 12, 2017 at Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), Maricopa County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

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

Registered Owner:  Bird Acquisition LLC

Operator: TransPac Aviation Academy


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA487
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 14, 2017 in Chandler, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N915PA
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 solo student pilot reported that, after completing three takeoffs and landings unassisted with his flight instructor, he took off for his first solo. He added that, during the first landing, the airplane "floated" in ground effect for about 4 to 5 seconds, and he added rudder to align the airplane with the runway centerline. He further added that the airplane's nose wheel was "not straight when it touched [down]" on the runway. Subsequently, the student pilot applied brake to maintain directional and then applied power to abort the landing, but the airplane veered off the runway to the right. He then reduced power to idle and stopped the airplane in the grass next the runway and awaited instructions from air traffic control.

The left wing sustained substantial damage during the runway excursion. 

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

Aircraft on landing, struck the propeller.

Date: 12-JUN-17
Time: 20:35:00Z
Regis#: N915PA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

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