Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hard Landing: Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, N9368N; accident occurred April 23, 2018 at Camarillo Airport (KCMA), Ventura County, California

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: Camarillo, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA589
Date & Time: 04/23/2018, 1300 PDT
Registration: N9368N
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The flight instructor in a retractable landing gear-equipped airplane reported that, while demonstrating a touch and go landing to a pilot receiving instruction, he reduced the power, the airplane descended and landed "harder than standard." The pilot receiving instruction then assumed control of the airplane and conducted two additional landings without further incident.

The flight instructor further reported that the pilot receiving instruction's landings were smoother than his.

Postaccident examination by chief pilot revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/12/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/21/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 65, Male
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): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/02/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N9368N
Model/Series: PA28R 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-35076
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/12/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7787.99 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-CIC
Registered Owner: Sky Shares Llc
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: Camarillo Flight Instruction
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCMA, 65 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2155 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 70°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  9 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Camarillo, CA (CMA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Camarillo, CA (CMA)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1300 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Camarillo (CMA)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 76 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6013 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

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: 34.213611, -119.094444 (est)

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