Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Abnormal Runway Contact: Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N7525W; Accident occurred March 08, 2020 at Harvey Airport (MO35), Eolia, Lincoln County, Missouri

The airplane off of the runway

Left Wing 

Airplane against a tree

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Ann, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Eolia, MO

Accident Number: CEN20CA117
Date & Time: 03/08/2020, 1630 CDT
Registration: N7525W
Aircraft: PIPER PA28-180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The private pilot was returning to land at his private airstrip after a local flight. He stated that the wind was strong and gusty. During the landing flare the airplane bounced and the pilot lost control of the airplane. The airplane departed the runway to the left; the left wing struck a tree and separated resulting in substantial damage. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would preclude normal operations. 

Pilot Information

Age: 80, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/14/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/20/2019
Flight Time:  1407 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1390 hours (Total, this make and model), 1386 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N7525W
Model/Series: PA28-180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-1443
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/10/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3200.94 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360A3A
Registered Owner: Klay Corp
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: STL, 618 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 37 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:  CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 132°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 15000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots / 25 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / -8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Eolia, MO (MO35)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Eolia, MO (MO35)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Harvey (MO35)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 710 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1500 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.212778, -90.917222 (est)

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