Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Runway Incursion Vehicle / Aircraft / Person: Piper PA-16 Clipper, N49WV, accident occurred October 07, 2018 at Herron Airport (7G1), New Cumberland, Hancock County, West Virginia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Manchester, WV
Accident Number: GAA19CA018
Date & Time: 10/07/2018, 1411 EDT
Registration: N49WV
Aircraft: Piper PA 16
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway incursion veh/AC/person
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, while on final approach, he noticed a vehicle stopped short of the runway, on a road that intersects the runway. After touchdown, while taxiing, about 40 feet from the intersection, the vehicle slowly drove on the runway and, to avoid the vehicle, the pilot veered the airplane left and the airplane exited the runway to the left on the adjacent field.

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

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

The pilot added that he assumed that the driver had visual of the landing airplane. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 03/28/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/11/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 201 hours (Total, all aircraft), 33 hours (Total, this make and model), 201 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 46 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N49WV
Model/Series: PA 16 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1949
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 16-723
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/06/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4741 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-290-C2A
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: KPIT, 1203 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:  15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1751 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 101°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:N/A / N/A 
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Manchester, WV (7G1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Manchester, WV (7G1)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Herron (7G1)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1226 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2030 ft / 20 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in; 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: 40.533056, -80.541111 (est)

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