Sunday, June 2, 2019

Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser, N1423P: Accident occurred May 19, 2018 at Vashon Municipal Airport (2S1), King County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

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


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


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N1423P


Location: Vashon, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA290
Date & Time: 05/19/2018, 2000 PDT
Registration: N1423P
Aircraft: PIPER PA 14
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

According to the pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane, his right foot inadvertently applied pressure to both rudder pedals during the takeoff roll. The airplane exited the left side of the runway, and the left wing struck a tree. The airplane ground looped to the left, and the right wingtip struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, elevator, and rudder.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 of the airplane during the takeoff roll due to his right foot inadvertently applying pressure to both rudder pedals.

Findings

Aircraft
Rudder control system - Unintentional use/operation (Cause)
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Miscellaneous/other
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 4-point
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: 05/25/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/12/2016
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 868.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 167 hours (Total, this make and model), 868.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N1423P
Model/Series: PA 14 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1423
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1935 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: KANAKANAK FISHERIES INC.
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: KANAKANAK FISHERIES INC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSEA, 434 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 97°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Vashon, WA (2S1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Vashon, WA (2S1)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 2000 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: VASHON MUNI (2S1)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 316 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet 
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2001 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.458611, -122.476944 (est)

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