Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee B, N7227F; accident occurred June 07, 2019 at Merrymeeting Field Airport (08B), Bowdoinham, Sagadahoc County, Maine

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine 

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N7227F


Location: Bowdoinham, ME
Accident Number: GAA19CA350
Date & Time: 06/07/2019, 1030 EDT
Registration: N7227F
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of Control on Ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

Analysis 

The flight instructor reported that, while demonstrating a soft-field takeoff for a student pilot, he maintained full back pressure with the control yoke; lowered the flaps to 10°; lined up on the wet, grass, 1,900-ft-long runway; and added full power. He further noted that the airplane was not accelerating as anticipated due to the runway condition. The airplane lifted off about two-thirds of the way down the runway, and he decided that the airspeed of 65 mph was "not adequate." Additionally, he saw tall trees at the end of the runway, so he decided to abort the takeoff and land on the remaining runway. He added that he reduced power, that the airplane touched down, and that he applied the brakes but that, "due to the slick conditions," the airplane overran the runway and went down an embankment, and the right landing gear struck a rock hidden by the tall grass. The airplane continued across a gravel road and came to rest in a yard.

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

The instructor 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 flight instructor's delayed decision to abort the takeoff from a wet, grass runway with insufficient runway remaining, which resulted in a runway overrun and the airplane going down an embankment.

Findings

Personnel issues
Delayed action - Pilot (Cause)
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Soft surface - Effect on operation
Wet surface - Effect on operation
Hidden/submerged object - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

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

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/15/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/16/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 623.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 306.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 556.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 71.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 54.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 55, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/05/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 25 hours (Total, all aircraft), 25 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7227F
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-25139
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/25/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5297.85 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D3G
Registered Owner: American Classic Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 160 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: KIWI, 68 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 105°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Brunswick, ME (BXM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bowdoinham, ME (08B)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0945 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: MERRYMEETING FIELD (08B)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 61 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Wet
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1935 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.998333, -69.884167 (est) 



BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A small single-engine airplane crash-landed in a front yard in Bowdoinham Friday morning shortly after takeoff, but first responders say the pilot and a passenger escaped injury.

The single-engine Piper Cherokee landed on a lawn near 36 Teal Road shortly after experiencing a problem during takeoff from the airstrip at Merrymeeting Field. One of the plane’s landing gear broke off during the landing.

The plane crash was reported shortly before 11 a.m.

John McMullen was outside on his driveway and witnessed the incident.

McMullen said the plane had landed once or time already. The plane was taking off again headed towards the nearby Cathance River.

“All of a sudden I heard the engine roaring and roaring,” he said. “He was trying to get power to it.”

McMullen said the pilot aborted the takeoff and dropped off the end of the runway into his yard.

“Luckily it just tore up a couple strips of sod and the wheel broke off,” he said.

Martin Farmer, Vice President of the American Classic Flying Club based in Brunswick was on scene Friday representing the club. He confirmed flying club member John Favreau was flying the plane.

“We’re unsure at this time of what exactly happened,” he said. “The best news is everyone walked away and no one got hurt.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will investigate the incident.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee B is registered to American Classic Aviation, according to FAA record. Its certification was up to date. American Classic Aviation operates a flying club out of Brunswick Landing, formerly Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.centralmaine.com



BOWDOINHAM, Maine (WGME) -- Officials said a plane slid into a yard on Teal Lane in Bowdoinham Friday morning.

Officials said no one was hurt and there was no environmental damage. There were two people on board at the time.

A witness said the plane was taking off and didn’t get enough power for a liftoff and ended up going past the runway and down onto his lawn.

It is a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee B plane and is owned by American Classic Aviation out of Bowdoinham.

Story and video ➤ https://wgme.com



BOWDOINHAM, Maine  — A small single-engine airplane crash-landed in a front yard Friday morning shortly after takeoff, but first responders say the pilot and a passenger escaped injury.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee B landed on a lawn near 36 Teal Road shortly after experiencing a problem during takeoff from the airstrip at Merrymeeting Field. One of the plane’s landing gear broke off during the landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will investigate the incident.

The plane, which was built in 1968, is registered to American Classic Aviation, according to FAA records. Its certification was up to date. American Classic Aviation operates a flying club out of Brunswick Landing, formerly Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.sunjournal.com

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