Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Runway Excursion: Piper PA-28-161, N5697V; accident occurred June 25, 2019 at Peter Prince Field Airport (2R4), Milton, Santa Rosa County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Milton, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA383
Date & Time: 06/25/2019, 1745 CDT
Registration: N5697V
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The flight instructor reported that, while returning to the departure airport after an instruction flight, she noticed that the weather was deteriorating and decided that she would perform the landing. She added that she felt windshear during the approach and she flew the airplane about 5 to 10 knots faster than normal. During the landing, she "felt a strong push from behind that accelerated the plane tremendously." She applied full brakes, the airplane continued moving forward, approaching and leaving the end of the runway. Concerned the airplane would impact a deep ditch, the flight instructor turned the airplane to the left, collapsing the right main landing gear and coming to rest on the grass.

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

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

An automated weather observation station, located 4 miles north, reported that, about 11 minutes after the accident, the wind was calm with light thunderstorm rain. The airplane was landing on runway 18. Additionally, at 45 past the hour, thunderstorms and cumulonimbus clouds were reported in the area with peak wind gusts from 240° at 29 knots.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 30, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; 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 Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/15/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 620 hours (Total, all aircraft), 500 hours (Total, this make and model), 520 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 250 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 85 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5697V
Model/Series: PA28 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-7716203
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2019, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2325 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4170.35 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D3G
Registered Owner: Peter Prince Aviation Center Llc
Rated Power:
Operator: Trident Aircraft
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNDZ, 178 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 339°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Thunderstorms - Rain
Departure Point: Milton, FL (2R4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Milton, FL (2R4)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1645 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Peter Prince Field (2R4)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 81 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3701 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.637500, -86.993611 (est)


  1. Should have followed Shane to Clay's field...

  2. Not the sharpest tack in the box.......