Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, N41429; accident occurred March 06, 2020 at Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWF), Twin Falls County, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
Accident Number: WPR20CA100
Date & Time: March 6, 2020, 10:40 Local
Registration: N41429
Aircraft: Piper PA28R 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal
The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll with an 80° left crosswind of 18 knots, gusting to 24 knots, the airplane unexpectedly became airborne due to a wind gust. The airplane drifted off the right side of the runway, so the pilot aborted the takeoff and landed on dirt, closed the throttle, and applied braking. As the airplane continued forward, its right wing impacted a runway approach light, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a runway approach light.

Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Crosswind - Effect on operation
Environmental issues Gusts - Effect on operation
Environmental issues Runway/taxi/approach light - Effect on operation

Factual Information
History of Flight
Takeoff Other weather encounter
Takeoff Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Takeoff Runway excursion
After landing Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Pilot Information
Certificate: Private 
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed None
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 12, 2017
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 1, 2018
Flight Time: 358 hours (Total, all aircraft), 283 hours (Total, this make and model), 358 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N41429
Model/Series: PA28R 200 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7435180
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 5, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 59 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5302.4 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-CIC
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 200 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTWF, 4154 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 10:32 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility:  10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 18 knots / 24 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Twin Falls, ID (KTWF) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Jackpot, NV (K06U)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 10:40 Local
Type of Airspace: Class D
Airport Information
Airport: Joslin Field - Magic Valley Re KTWF
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4154 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8703 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.483333,-114.484725(est)

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