Monday, March 11, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-22-150, N522DN; accident occurred March 07, 2019 at Richard I. Bong Airport (KSUW), Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Superior, WI
Accident Number: GAA19CA157
Date & Time: 03/07/2019, 1745 CST
Registration: N522DN
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing on a snow- and ice-covered runway, he was unable to maintain directional control, so he attempted a go around. However, the airplane impacted a snowbank on the right side of the runway and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 840 hours (Total, all aircraft), 153 hours (Total, this make and model), 785 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 81 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 58 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N522DN
Model/Series: PA22 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 226587
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/12/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3441 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-B2B
Registered Owner: Bulldog Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Bulldog Aviation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSUW, 674 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2335 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 173°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Superior, WI (SUW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Superior, WI (SUW)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1700 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Ice; Snow
Airport Elevation: 674 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Ice; Snow
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5100 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.695000, -92.095000 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you to the FAA for holding out and being dead last to ground the MAX.
    The FAA should be a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing and other big aviation groups. Stockholders deserve more consideration than so-called public safety. No one is forcing you on their products. Capitalism works best when the government is regulated by the industry, not the other way around.