Friday, January 10, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N7777W; accident occurred September 01, 2019 at Manchester Airport (KMHT), Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

View of left wing damage. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Manchester, NH
Accident Number: GAA19CA524
Date & Time: 09/01/2019, 1657 EDT
Registration: N7777W
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The student pilot reported that, during landing with a crosswind, the airplane veered left, he applied the brakes but the airplane continued to veer left. The airplane exited the runway, impacted the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lights and came to rest in the grass.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 130° at 10 knots. The student pilot was landing the airplane on runway 06.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 47, 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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/27/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 94 hours (Total, all aircraft), 41 hours (Total, this make and model), 21 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 54 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N7777W
Model/Series: PA 28-180 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-1781
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/12/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3845.24 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-250-A3A
Registered Owner: James J Wolak
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Ammon Roadable Aircraft, Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMHT, 232 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 278°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Manchester, NH (MHT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Manchester, NH (MHT)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1657 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Manchester (MHT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 266 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7651 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

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: 42.932778, -71.435833 (est)

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