Thursday, July 05, 2018

Piper PA-28-180, N8314W: Accident occurred July 04, 2018 at Thomaston-Upson County Airport (KOPN), Georgia

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

Additional Participating
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Thomaston, GA
Accident Number: ERA18LA226
Date & Time: 07/04/2018, 0930 EDT
Registration: N8314W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 4, 2018, about 0930 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180, N8314W, was substantially damaged while landing at Thomaston-Upson County Airport (OPN), Thomaston, Georgia. The student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Griffin-Spalding County Airport (6A2), Griffin, Georgia, around 0900. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane with no anomalies noted. After departure, he completed one full stop landing at 6A2, before departing for OPN. While on final approach to runway 12, he configured the airplane for landing and lined up with the centerline of the runway. The main landing gear touched down on the runway numbers, and when the nose landing gear contacted the runway, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot attempted to counteract the turn by applying rudder, however, the airplane continued to the left side of the runway. The right wing tip touched the pavement, the propeller struck the runway, and the nose landing gear wheel separated as the airplane continued off the runway. The airplane came to rest about 75 ft off the left side of runway in a grassy area.

Examination of the airplane after the accident revealed that an engine mount was substantially damaged, and the nose landing gear and right wing incurred minor damage during the accident sequence.

The nose wheel tire and attachment assembly were retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8314W
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KOPN, 796 ft msl
Observation Time: 0935 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Griffin, GA (6A2)
Destination: Thomaston, GA (OPN) 

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:  32.957500, -84.267778 (est)

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