Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Piper PA-28R-201, N6899C: Accident occurred October 28, 2018 near Lea County Regional Airport (KHOB), Hobbs, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

On final, impacted ground due to unknown circumstances.

Date: 28-OCT-18
Time: 01:40:00Z
Regis#: N6899C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 201
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91


daveyl123 said...

The T-Tail Arrow IV has a trait of suddenly running out of energy and elevator authority if you neglect to hold the recommended airspeed on final. Most airplanes give you a little hint that you're on thin ice, but this plane doesn't hint much, if at all. The Tomahawk also exhibits this trait.

Anonymous said...

@davyel123, The aircraft in question did not have a T-tail. As far as the PA38, it gives plenty of warning that the airspeed is too low, in the form of a stall warning and airframe buffeting. The key is to simply fly the airplane.

daveyl123 said...

Perhaps, but Arrow model stabilators share that trait. The Tomahawk lulls you into thinking you've got flare authority, then you suddenly (Belatedly) realize you're in the last two inches of yoke travel, and you only have power to cushion the sink. One landing I made at the Rio Linda, CA Airport (Please, no Limbaugh Jokes..) with a Traumahawk registered on the Richter Scale.