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Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer, N2389A: Accident occurred April 07, 2017 near Greensburg Municipal Airport (I34), Decatur County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Plainfield, Indiana

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N2389A

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Greensburg, IN
Accident Number: CEN17LA154
Date & Time: 04/07/2017, 1835 EDT
Registration: N2389A
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-135
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business

On April 7, 2017, at 1835 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-22-135 airplane, N2389A, impacted terrain during landing at Greensburg Municipal Airport (I34), Greensburg, Indiana. The private pilot received minor injuries and two passengers were uninjured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that departed from Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (SRB), Sparta, Tennessee, about 1535, and was destined to I34.

The pilot stopped for fuel at Lagrange-Callaway Airport, (LGC) LaGrange, Georgia, and then departed at approximately 1330. The second fuel stop was SRB and then departed at approximately 1535 and was destined to I34 to refuel again. The pilot stated that I34 did not have automated weather reporting. He slowed the airplane to look at the wind sock during approach. As the airplane slowed, it "slowly" banked left. He said the airplane was responsive with increased speed. He performed a 360 degree turn and rolled out onto the runway for landing on runway 36. As the airplane slowed, it banked left and landed in a field left of the runway. The airplane impacted the ground in a field approximately 300 feet west of the centerline of the runway and skidded approximately 200 feet before coming to a stop.

Post-accident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration maintenance inspector from the Indianapolis Flight Standards District Office confirmed flight control continuity. No mechanical anomalies were noted with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/13/2006
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/18/2016
Flight Time:  1048 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35 hours (Total, this make and model), 690 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N2389A
Model/Series: PA-22-135
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-754
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/23/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2970 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-290-D2
Registered Owner: Pilot
Rated Power: 135 hp
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BAK
Observation Time: 1850 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots, 310°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  30.05 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sparta, TN (SRB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Greensburg, IN (I34)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1535 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Greensburg Municipal Airport (I34)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 912 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3433 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.326944, -85.522500 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA154
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 07, 2017 in Greensburg, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-135, registration: N2389A
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 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 April 7, 2017, at 1835 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-22-135, N2389A, impacted terrain near the Greensburg Municipal Airport (I34), Greensburg, Indiana. The pilot received minor injuries and two passengers were uninjured. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that departed from Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, Sparta, Tennessee, at 1535, and was destined to I34. The airplane was on approach to runway 36 at I34 when it experienced an uncontrolled left roll. The pilot attempted a forced landing but impacted terrain.

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