Saturday, May 11, 2019

Runway Excursion: Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N8172N; accident occurred August 31, 2018 at Porterville Municipal Airport (KPTV), Tulare County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Porterville, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA579
Date & Time: 08/31/2018, 1110 PDT
Registration: N8172N
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that she initiated the landing flare and the airplane floated about 100 feet and landed normally. About 400 feet into the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right, exited the right side of the runway and collided with taxiway lights prior to coming to rest.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage intermediate bulkhead.

She reported that during landing the windsock indicated "no wind." However, after the accident she and her passenger witnessed dust devils close to the runway.

The airport's METAR reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was variable at 6 knots. The airplane landed on runway 30.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 76, Female
Airplane Rating(s): 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): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/25/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/09/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3455 hours (Total, all aircraft), 113 hours (Total, this make and model), 3455 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8172N
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-8090261
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/12/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7766 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Registered Owner:  San Diego Aircraft Holdings Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Plus One Flyers Club
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTV, 442 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 202°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: El Cajon, CA (SEE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Porterville, CA (PTV)
Type of Clearance:  VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0850 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Porterville Muni (PTV)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 443 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5960 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.029444, -119.062778 (est)

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