Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28-140, N6733F; accident occurred July 10, 2019 at Saipan International Airport, Northern Mariana Islands

View of damage to the right wing.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Saipan, MP
Accident Number: GAA19CA404
Date & Time: 07/10/2019, 1015 HDT
Registration: N6733F
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

The pilot reported that during the landing roll, he applied, "aerodynamic braking to slow the aircraft." The airplane departed the runway when he attempted to exit the runway at Bravo taxiway. The left main landing gear wheel fairing struck a taxiway light, and the leading edge of the right wing struck runway signage.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 22, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/17/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/08/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 430 hours (Total, all aircraft), 65 hours (Total, this make and model), 315 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 120 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 65 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N6733F
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7725077
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/30/2019, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8393.66 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E3D
Registered Owner: Marianas Air Transfer Inc
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Marianas Air Transfer Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA)
Operator Does Business As: Star Marianas Air, Inc.
Operator Designator Code: 1SMJ

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PGSN, 105 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0954 HDT
Direction from Accident Site:257° 
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 10°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: SAIPAN, MP (PGSN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Saipan, MP (PGSN)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0945 HDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Saipan International Airport (PGSN)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 200 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 07
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8700 ft / 200 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 15.123889, 145.731389 (est)

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