Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Piper J3C-65, N42218: Accident occurred August 13, 2018 at Polly Ranch Airport (7XS0), Friendswood, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Friendswood, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA330
Date & Time: 08/13/2018, 1100 CDT
Registration: N42218
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 13, 2018, about 1100 central daylight time, a Piper J3C-65 airplane, N42218, experienced a runway excursion during landing at Polly Ranch Airport (7XS0), Friendswood, Texas. The commercial rated pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed at an unknown time.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector spoke to the pilot who described the runway excursion. The pilot stated that the airplane touched down about 35 to 40 mph and as soon as the tail touched the runway the airplane veered to the right. The airplane continued off the runway into a tree and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N42218
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Friendswood, TX (7XS0)
Destination: Friendswood, TX (7XS0)

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:  29.504722, -95.175278 (est)

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