Saturday, May 11, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28-181, N7635F, accident occurred August 25, 2018 at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (KPLK), Point Lookout, Taney County, Missouri

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Point Lookout, MO
Accident Number: GAA18CA516
Date & Time: 08/25/2018, 0930 CDT
Registration: N7635F
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The student pilot reported that during the landing roll, he inadvertently applied the left toe brake while attempting to apply left rudder. The airplane veered to the left and he attempted to regain directional control, but the airplane exited the left side of the runway and collided with runway lighting before coming to a stop. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 50, 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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/08/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 28.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 28.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 3.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7635F
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-7790197
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/27/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2838 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
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: KBBG, 1303 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1448 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 166°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  8 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Point Lookout, MO (PLK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Point Lookout, MO (PLK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0920 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: M Graham Clark Downtown (PLK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 940 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3738 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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:  36.625833, -93.228889 (est)

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