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Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee, N8856W: Accident occurred December 09, 2017 in Pocasset, Grady County, Oklahoma

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Pocasset, OK
Accident Number: GAA18CA082
Date & Time: 12/09/2017, 1145 CST
Registration: N8856W
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, while landing on a private grass airstrip, the airplane landed short of the runway and struck a berm that was covered by tall grass. Subsequently, the right main gear leg sheared off and struck the right wing.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper approach path, which resulted in the airplane landing short of the runway.


Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cakuse)

Environmental issues
Hidden/submerged object - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing area undershoot (Defining event)

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 52, 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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/06/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 435.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 144.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 325 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N8856W
Model/Series: PA28 235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-10410
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4301 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540-B4B5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 235 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: KCHK, 1150 ft msl
Observation Time: 1755 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 181°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -4°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 350°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: GOLDSBY, OK (39OK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pocasset, OK (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1212 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1320 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.207222, -97.970278 (est)

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