Sunday, March 03, 2019

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II, N8275V: Accident occurred October 20, 2018 at Lufker Airport (49N), East Moriches, Suffolk County, New York

AAdditional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: East Moriches, NY
Accident Number: GAA19CA050
Date & Time: 10/20/2018, 1215 EDT
Registration: N8275V
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 


The pilot stated that, during the preflight inspection, he did not observe anything abnormal. He added that, during the initial taxi, the airplane "pulled more power than usual" but that he observed no issues with the brakes or flight controls.

The pilot reported that, during approach to a 2,300-ft-long grass airstrip about 60 knots with full flaps, he reduced power to idle to flare. The airplane was "still floating," and about midfield, he saw that the rpm had increased with the power at idle to between about 1,000 to 1,200 rpm. He retracted the flaps to 15° to execute a go-around, but before he increased power, the airplane touched down on the runway. He was going to continue the go-around but realized the airplane would be unable to clear power lines and trees at the end of the runway. He then braked hard but was unable to stop the airplane on the grass, so he shut off the fuel pump and closed the mixture. He added that the "engine did not stop," and the airplane continued moving forward due to momentum. He applied full brakes with an "s turn and 180 turn," the airplane slid on the grass, and the left wing struck a wooden pole. The airplane then came to an abrupt stop. The pilot stated that he saw that the engine and propeller had stopped

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that he attempted to examine the engine, but the airplane was unavailable for examination.

The airplane manufacturer's prescribed "Go Around" checklist stated:


Carb Heat……………………….OFF

Flaps……….RETRACT TO 20 DEG

Vy……………………….….79 KIAS

Flaps…………..…RETRACT PROC

It is likely that the pilot flew the approach at too high of an airspeed and initiated the go-around too late, which resulted in the airplane floating and the subsequent landing area overshoot. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's delayed initiation of a go-around and his subsequent use of the improper go-around procedure, which resulted in a landing area overshoot. 


Personnel issues
Delayed action - Pilot (Cause)
Use of policy/procedure - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Pole - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Abnormal runway contact
Landing area overshoot (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial

Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/31/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/24/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1425 hours (Total, all aircraft), 252 hours (Total, this make and model), 877 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 200 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper

Registration: N8275V
Model/Series: PA28 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-8316001
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2326 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: 2BAPILOTNYC CORP
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: KHWV, 82 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1556 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 269°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 19 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Farmingdale, NY (FRG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: East Moriches, NY (49N)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: LUFKER (49N)

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 57 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft
Runway Used: S
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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:  40.823056, -72.750833 (est)


  1. Story does not add up on several items.

    If the throttle or idle cutoff does not work properly there is always the key to stop the mags.

  2. It's always easier to blame your screw-up on the airplane instead of yourself.