Saturday, June 23, 2018

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior, N82587: Accident occurred August 16, 2015 in Bristow, Prince William County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Herndon, Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bristow, VA
Accident Number: ERA15LA315
Date & Time: 08/16/2015, 0906 EDT
Registration: N82587
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-161
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On August 16, 2015, at 0906 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-161, N82587, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain in Bristow, Virginia. The student pilot was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The local solo instructional flight was operating in the airport traffic pattern at Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), Manassas, Virginia and was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

During an interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the student pilot stated that she had just reduced engine power and air traffic control asked her to extend the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern due to other traffic. She became distracted looking for the other traffic and did not increase engine power to maintain altitude. Air traffic control then instructed her to turn base leg of the airport traffic pattern and she complied; however, the airplane continued to descend and collided with trees, before coming to rest upright on the ground. Examination of the wreckage by the FAA inspector did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the student pilot report any. The inspector noted damage to both wings and the fuselage.

The recorded weather at HEF, at 0855, included wind from 180 at 3 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, sky clear, temperature 25 degrees C, dew point 20 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.17 inches of mercury. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 50, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 08/13/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 59 hours (Total, all aircraft), 59 hours (Total, this make and model), 4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N82587
Model/Series: PA 28-161 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-8116026
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/31/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2325 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 15180 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Rated Power: 160 hp
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: HEF, 192 ft msl
Observation Time: 0855 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 131°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 20°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 180°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Manassas, VA (HEF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Manassas, VA (HEF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Manassas Regional Airport (HEF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 192 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3715 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  38.743889, -77.549167

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