Friday, May 11, 2018

Piper PA-28-181, registered to Bird Acquisition LLC and operated by AeroGuard Flight Training Center, N430PA: Accident occurred May 10, 2018 at Wickenburg Municipal Airport (E25), Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Wickenburg, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA274
Date & Time: 05/10/2018, 1145 MST
Registration: N430PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that the approach was stable, but during the landing roll, when applying the brakes, the airplane veered to the right. He released he brakes because he thought he needed to in order to maintain directional control, but he then reapplied the brakes. Subsequently, he added full power to go around, and after becoming airborne, the airplane turned left. The right wing struck a runway sign, the student reduced power, the airplane landed, and he applied the brakes to stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the stabilator.

The Safety Manager of the flight school reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 13 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 210° at 7 knots. The airplane landed on runway 05.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 24, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
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: 01/18/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 46 hours (Total, all aircraft), 46 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N430PA
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2843488
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/03/2018, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 20879 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT:  Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: AeroGuard Flight Training Center
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLUF, 1085 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1858 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 139°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  None / None
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: GILA BEND, AZ (E63)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Destination: Wickenburg, AZ (E25)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory; VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1100 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2378 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6101 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Go Around; Traffic Pattern

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:  33.968889, -112.798889 (est)

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