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Piper PA-32R-300, N8209C: Accident occurred December 14, 2017 at Kwigillingok Airport (GGV), Alaska

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wasilla, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kwigillingok, AK
Accident Number: GAA18CA088
Date & Time: 12/14/2017, 1323 AKS
Registration: N8209C
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

According to the pilot, he landed on runway 15 instead of runway 33 because he did not want to make a 180° turn and taxi back on the runway.

He reported that, when he turned final the sun was in his eyes and the airplane landed short. During landing, the right main landing gear collided with "deep snow" during the flare, and the airplane veered to the right and collided with a snow berm.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing spar, horizontal stabilizer and the fuselage.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board's Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot identified in the Owner Safety Recommendation section, that this accident could have been prevented if he had used runway 33, and not had the sun in his eyes during landing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Foreign
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/28/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/20/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 21860 hours (Total, all aircraft), 350 hours (Total, this make and model), 21115 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 185.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N8209C
Model/Series: PA 32R 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32R-7680082
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/05/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12128.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-KIA50
Registered Owner: RENFRO, MICHAEL W.
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Paklook AIR
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135); On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Yute Commuter Service
Operator Designator Code: T72A 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAKI, 19 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 278°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Temperature/Dew Point: -10°C / -11°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 40°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.53 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bethel, AK (ABE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Kwigillingok, AK (GGV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1242 AKS
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Gravel; Snow
Airport Elevation: 21 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Snow
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1835 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.875556, -163.168056 (est)

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