Sunday, June 09, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-22-160, N9819D, accident occurred June 19, 2018 at Yakutat Airport (PAYA), Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Yakutat, AK
Accident Number: GAA18CA363
Date & Time: 06/19/2018, 1400 AKD
Registration: N9819D
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, after touchdown, the airplane began oscillating and that it then exited the runway to the right. The airplane ground looped to the right, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing. 


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing gear collapse 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/17/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/19/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 6575.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 101.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 5145.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 103.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 44.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N9819D
Model/Series: PA22 160
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-6706
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/14/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3604.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAYA, 31 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 312°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 800 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Yakutat, AK (A68)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Yakutat, AK (YAK)
Type of Clearance: Special VFR
Departure Time: 1345 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: YAKUTAT (YAK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 32 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 11
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7732 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  59.508889, -139.664167 (est)

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