Friday, December 20, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-30, N8816Y; accident occurred October 25, 2019 at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Opa Locka, FL
Accident Number: GAA20CA050
Date & Time: 10/25/2019, 1945 EDT
Registration: N8816Y
Aircraft: Piper PA 30
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The pilot receiving instruction in the multi-engine airplane reported that, during the runup, they briefed for a simulated engine failure during takeoff. He added that, during the takeoff, the flight instructor reduced the left engine throttle and the airplane veered to the left. He "lost the control" and the instructor took the flight controls. The airplane lifted off the ground into ground effect and the left wing struck the ground, exited the runway, and came to rest in the grass adjacent the runway.

The flight instructor seated in the right seat, reported that, after he reduced power on the left engine during takeoff, the pilot became confused by the sudden left yaw and did not react. He repeatedly told the pilot to abort the takeoff. Brakes were only installed on the pilot's (left) side, so the instructor was unable to apply brakes. The pilot panicked, moved the left throttle to full, remained locked on the controls, and applied back pressure on the yoke. The instructor continued to attempt to take the flight controls from the pilot, but the airplane entered ground effect. The instructor took the flight controls and, as the airplane settled to the ground, he reduced both throttles to idle. The airplane touched down in a "left yawing, slight left bank attitude" and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane skidded on the runway to the left, rotated counterclockwise, exited the runway, and came to rest in the grass.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 20, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/24/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 235 hours (Total, all aircraft), 8 hours (Total, this make and model), 153 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 63 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 30, 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): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/25/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/12/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1459 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 1400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 111 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8816Y
Model/Series: PA 30 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 301974
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/30/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3256.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: IO-320-B1A
Registered Owner: Saddy Barraza
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Pilot Training Center North Miami
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOPF, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:162° 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Miami, FL (OPF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Miami, FL (OPF)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1945 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 8 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8002 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 25.913056, -80.282222 (est)


  1. How to tell if the pilot (receiving instruction) is plotting to kill the flight instructor....

  2. How to tell if maybe you do NOT have what it takes to be a pilot.

  3. ^^^^^

    Not necessarily... Mesa is hiring. FWIW

  4. MESA Proud! Great place to be. Job security at its best! I'm loving it! ❤️

  5. ^^^^^

    Good on ya ... Some don't know any better.

    Riding the jumpseat (granted it was a few years ago) I have seen the stick shaker twice ... On final ... Once right after an overspeed on downwind ... Once smoke started coming out of the C/B panel behind the captain ( lower case intentional ) I pointed out GSO right below us ... no says the captain; it's been doing that all day it's okay... Another time the captain is screaming he wants a turn direct to the marker ... I notice the black wall of cloud in that direction and suggest they might consider running the tilt a little lower than full up ... Ignored and the captain still screaming he wants direct to the marker ... I reach up and turn the tilt down and a severe line shows up between us and the marker ... The captain doesn't say another word ... Fortunately we had an ATC CONTROLLER (upper case intentional ) that wasn't going to let the captain do something stupid.

    If that makes you Mesa proud then run with it. I might have been on your JS at some point.