Thursday, April 25, 2019

Piper PA-28-181, N425PA: Accident occurred April 17, 2019 at Wickenburg Municipal Airport (E25) -and- Incident occurred February 11, 2018 at Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), Maricopa County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
https://registry.faa.gov/N425PA

Location: Wickenburg, AZ
Accident Number: GAA19CA212
Date & Time: 04/17/2019, 1000 MST
Registration: N425PA
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, on his second approach, he encountered "bumpy" air and the aircraft ballooned. He corrected by adding power, leveling the wings and continuing the landing. Just prior to touching down, the right wing raised, and the airplane drifted to the left. He applied power to go-around, the stall warning activated but the airplane continued to drift left. Subsequently, the airplane aerodynamically stalled and collided with the ground.

Per the photos provided by the Federal Aviation Administration that the airplane also impacted an airport taxi way sign during the accident.

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

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

About the time of the accident, the automated weather reporting station located at the airport, reported that the wind was from 270° at 6 knots. The pilot was landing the airplane on runway 23.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/03/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 57 hours (Total, all aircraft), 57 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 43 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N425PA
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 2843474
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/06/2019, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 20333.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Registered Owner: Bird Acquisition Llc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: AeroGuard Flight Training Center
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)
Operator Does Business As: 
Operator Designator Code: FQAS

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBXK, 1021 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 170°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Gila Bend, AZ (E63)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Wickenburg, AZ (E25)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory
Departure Time: 0911 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Wickenburg Muni (E25)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2378 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6101 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around 

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: 33.970556, -112.795000 (est)

February 11, 2018: Aircraft's wing tip struck prop of N914PA.

Date: 11-FEB-18
Time: 15:45:00Z
Regis#: N425PA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: CHANDLER
State: ARIZONA

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