Sunday, March 03, 2019

Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer, N8273C: Accident occurred June 15, 2018 at Highland County Airport (KHOC), Hillsboro, Ohio

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hillsboro, OH
Accident Number: GAA18CA359
Date & Time: 06/15/2018, 0800 EDT
Registration: N8273C
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the landing roll, the tailwheel equipped airplane exited the runway to the left, struck a runway light and impacted a ditch. The left main landing gear separated from the airplane and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left lower fuselage and left wing.

The pilot added that while he was at the departure airport prior to the flight, due to jet blast, he was blown off a ladder during the preflight inspection and that the airplane's tail section was "picked" up and slammed several times onto the ground. He examined the airplane and did not find any anomalies. During takeoff, the pilot did not report any control issues or anomalies but during the flight to the accident airport, he felt the airplane was out of trim.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that, during a postaccident examination, he was not able to determine if the damage to the tailwheel was sustained prior to the accident and not caused by the airplane's impact of the ditch.

The pilot did not submit the NTSB Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2017
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N8273C
Model/Series: PA 22 135
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-2348
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1951 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-290
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KILN, 1077 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1154 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 317°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Flemingsburg, KY (FGX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Hillsboro, OH (HOC)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Highland County (HOC)
Runway Surface Type: Unknown
Airport Elevation: 977 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.188889, -83.538889 (est)

1 comment:

  1. So if this plane was converted to a tail-dragger, it's no longer a "Tri-Pacer". Wouldn't it be a "Pacer"?