Saturday, August 24, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28-180, N16435; accident occurred August 22, 2019 at Hemet-Ryan Airport (KHMT), Riverside County, California

View of damaged engine mount. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hemet, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA508
Date & Time: 08/22/2019, 1124 PDT
Registration: N16435
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that the airplane landed hard on the left side of the runway. He added right rudder, but the airplane did not respond quick enough, so he added power to perform a go around. The airplane exited the runway to the left, impacted a ditch, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

He added that, after the accident, his instructor told him he could have used the right brake to aid in directional control.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
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: 08/28/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 48.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 48.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 18.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N16435
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-7305254
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/09/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7334 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: KRIV, 1536 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1758 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 311°
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: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hemet, CA (HMT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hemet, CA (HMT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1124 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1514 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4315 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

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: 33.734167, -117.020833 (est)

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