Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28-180, N400JW, accident occurred September 30, 2018 at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

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

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


Location: Van Nuys, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA580
Date & Time: 09/30/2018, 1621 PDT
Registration: N400JW
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during the landing flare on runway 16L, he felt a gust of wind from the right. To counter the gust he applied, "left rudder" and right aileron to lower the right wing. When the nose landing gear touched down on the runway, the airplane veered to the left and he applied, "minimal right steering and braking" to avoid overcorrecting and colliding with an airplane that was landing on runway 16 right. Subsequently, the airplane exited the left side of the runway and struck a taxiway sign before it came to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The meteorological aerodrome report for the airport that the pilot landed, reported that about the time of the accident. The wind was calm.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 27, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/13/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/29/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 94 hours (Total, all aircraft), 93 hours (Total, this make and model), 32 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N400JW
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7405276
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/24/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8852 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4A
Registered Owner: Airfleet Holdings Llc.
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Airfleet Holdings Llc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVNY, 770 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2251 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 71°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SANTA MONICA, CA (SMO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1530 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: VAN NUYS (VNY)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 802 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4013 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.209722, -118.490000 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

September 25, 2019:  Aircraft landed then veered off into the grass. 


Date: 25-SEP-19
Time: 19:16:00Z
Regis#: N400JW
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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