Thursday, September 26, 2019

Piper PA-28-180 Archer, N400JW: Incident occurred September 25, 2019 and accident occurred September 30, 2018

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

A plane had a hard landing at the Oxnard Airport on Wednesday, and while rescue crews were prepared for the worst, everything turned out OK, according to the Oxnard Fire Department. 

After the landing, the plane ended up in some bushes near the runway after the 12:15 p.m. incident at the airport, 2889 W. Fifth St.

Arriving crews said the aircraft was intact on its wheels and the occupant was outside it. There were no flames, crews at the scene said. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

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)


  1. As a tailwhweel plane pilot I cannot understand how you can screw up with an automatic landing system i.e tricycle.

    It's like messing up braking in a car with an automatic transmission...

  2. @Friday, September 27, 2019 at 12:54:00 AM EDT : I'm sure your flying skills are way better than the guy who only had a handful of hours. I know plenty of tailwheel guys who come to grief. Do you only drive manual shift cars to prove how great you are?

  3. I will be advocating for a more data-driven, more scientific general aviation accident reports.

  4. Regardless of experience or background, pilots trained on existing safety procedures in general aviation should be able to sift through a jumble of contradictory warnings and take the proper action 100% of the time within four seconds.